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Go Ask Fannie Farmer

Go Ask Fannie Farmer

‘A remarkably lucid and authoritative novelist’ John Irving


‘Accomplished, assured . . . A richly rewarding read’ The Sunday Times

‘A first-rate storyteller, funny and compassionate’ Woman & Home


Murray Blair had some serious matters to discuss this weekend, and he wanted things to run smoothly. But harmony, that Artful Dodger in so many families, had its way of eluding his family as well. . .

Though the adult Blair siblings have agreed to keep things calm and amiable on a trip to stay with their elderly father, each arrives, in true Blair style, with a secret agenda. But plans are derailed when Lizzie, the youngest, turns up late with a burnt hand, impending criminal charges, and a damp family cookbook: Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School.

The now ruined cookbook is the last vestige of a more idyllic time, when there were four siblings, not three, a public family reputation to uphold, and a mother whose handwritten notes in the margins of the recipes are their last link to her after the accident years ago.

But secrets will always out, especially amongst family: and this weekend, the Blair siblings will learn that there is more to their mother’s story than they could have anticipated…

Told in three parts, roving between then and now, Go Ask Fannie Farmer tells of the life and death of Lillian Blair, the over-bearing, bickering, but loving children who look for ways to connect with one another in her absence, and the inner lives we hide from our families.

‘Irresistible’ Prima

‘Hyde’s latest novel will delight readers’ Booklist

‘Hyde creates a family we can all relate to . . . and does so with great humour’ Woman
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 19th April 2018

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781473679757


A remarkably lucid and authoritative novelist
John Irving
Elisabeth Hyde captures family life perfectly . . . superb and compelling
The Book Bag
A book full of huge-hearted mistake makers that you'll want to call your own-GO ASK FANNIE is a rousing reminder that the only way to truly forgive another person is to first forgive yourself.
Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
Elisabeth Hyde has written a funny, joyous novel, heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once and in the very best ways.
Laurie Frankel, author of This is How It Always Is
What does it mean to be a family? What are the secrets we hide? In this poignant, often funny, yet serious novel, Elisabeth Hyde mines the mysteries and paradoxes of our most intimate connections.
Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace
Hyde is a first-rate storyteller, funny and compassionate
Woman & Home
Elisabeth Hyde creates a family we can all relate to - the squabbling siblings, the truths we never admit to ourselves, let along others - and does so with great humour
A richly rewarding novel
The Sunday Times
An engaging family saga, reminiscent of Anne Tyler or Anita Shreve
Daily Mail