This Has Been Absolutely Lovely is… Absolutely Lovely: Take a Sneak Peek Here

This Has Been Absolutely Lovely is… Absolutely Lovely: Take a Sneak Peek Here

Chapter 1

The most successful song Annie Jones ever wrote had been stuck in her head for the best part of forty years, and it would only be a slight overstatement to say she hadn’t had a moment’s peace from it in that time.

So it had been too much to hope that her father’s funeral soundtrack jangling inside her head. She wondered if this made her some sort of sociopath.

She’d managed to ignore it during her eulogy. She’d stood at the front of the blond wood crematorium chapel and paid tribute to the man who had always been in her corner — her most unwavering supporter, always ready to admire a lyric or fund a new instrument.

the tune, but no. Not even the clanking old Anglican dirges her father had stipulated by turning down pages in his hymn book could drown it out. There the song remained. Sometimes the volume went down a bit, so she could, for example, hear people in the church singing along to ‘Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise’ and later, back at the house, telling her how proud he had been of her; that he’d had a good innings.

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        This Has Been Absolutely Lovely
        Author
        Jessica Dettmann
        Publisher
        HarperCollins
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        06 January, 2021

        Synopsis

        Molly's a millennial home organiser about to have her first baby. Obviously, her mum, Annie, will help with the childcare. Everyone else's parents are doing it. But Annie's dreams of music stardom have been on hold for thirty-five years, paused by childbirth then buried under her responsibilities as a mother, wage earner, wife, and only child of ailing parents. Finally, she can taste freedom. As Molly and her siblings gather in the close quarters of the family home over one fraught summer, shocking revelations come to light. Everyone is forced to confront the question of what it means to be a family. This Has Been Absolutely Lovely is a story about growing up and giving in, of parents and children, of hope and failure, of bravery and defied expectation, and whether it is ever too late to try again.
        Jessica Dettmann
        About the author

        Jessica Dettmann

        Jessica Dettmann is a Sydney-based writer and performer. Her blog, Life With Gusto, turns a sharp but affectionate eye on modern parenthood. She has performed her work several times at Giant Dwarf's Story Club, and has appeared on their podcast.After a decade working as an editor for Random House Australia and HarperCollins publishers she made the transition to writing after two small children rendered her housebound.She once appeared as the City of Sydney Christmas Angel and sat on top of the Town Hall in a frock that reached the street.

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