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2.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 5 2.38 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Holden Narrator: Diana Bishop Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781440788581
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Featuring an irrepressible heroine and a story that bounces along at the speed of laughter, Bad Heir Day is the hilarious follow-up to Wendy Holden’s irresistible debut novel. It is a witty and delightful romp certain to captivate readers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Anna Farrier learns the hard way that in some careers, high-powered connections mean far more than actual talent. So she becomes assistant to Cassandra Knight, author of scorching blockbusters whose real forte is social climbing. Unfortunately the ad Anna answered is Cassandra’s latest plan to bamboozle someone into becoming nanny to her son Zak—a post no one in his or her right mind would want.

An aspiring novelist who’s never going to be model thin (the only men who stop her on the street are tourists asking directions), Anna is realistic about her romantic prospects—most of the time. She should have seen it coming when Sebastian, her filthy-rich, drop-dead gorgeous boyfriend, asks her to move out, along with the only thing he ever gave her: an old beaver coat that’s started to molt. Anna may have her pride, but she also has to eat. That’s when she takes a job as a nanny to eight-year-old Zak in the palatial Kensingtom home of the Knights.

Armed with a Hoover in one hand and Harry Potter in the other, Anna soon realizes that she’s living with the family from hell. Cassandra, Zak’s mother, is a tantrum-throwing romance novelist with a bad case of writer’s block. Cassandra’s husband, Jett, a one-time rock star who hasn’t released anything (except his zipper) in years, is always lurking in dark, drafty hallways. As for little Zak, Anna is convinced he’s a spawn of Satan. What’s a woman to do? Why, meet a man, of course. His name is Jamie, and he’s the dashing heir to a castle in Scotland. Anna can’t believe her luck. He’s got to be too good to be true. And she just may be right.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 2/15/2014

    " This book was o.k/good. It was a little boring in parts and ended weird but overall was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 2/11/2014

    " The end was a bit of a mish mash of confusion, but a fun, silly read - a good beach book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 2/9/2014

    " One of the few chick lit books I have read in recent history where I was actually surprised by the plot development. Much more creative than your average rich-people-doing-bad-things book. My biggest complaint is that the main character seems to have approximately 0% personality. Luckily the supporting characters more than made up for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/8/2014

    " This was good fun! And there was much more to it than I thought when I picked it up in the library. Very funny, a good story with wonderfully exaggerated caricature characters. A real comedy to recommend! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna Hargett | 2/7/2014

    " Might be funny/amusing/interesting for others, but definitely not my cup of tea. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 1/28/2014

    " You may be tired of the nanny diary memoir glut, but pick this one up. A novel, this one, with some laugh-out-loud lines. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nina | 1/12/2014

    " Started off promising but quickly deteriorated into a farcical predictable laborious one dimensional character filled sitcom. The puns were just awful and made it disjointed - however I only have myself to blame since the clue was all over the title. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexandra | 1/9/2014

    " Started off promising but then went downhill fast. You don't care anything about any of the characters or what happens to them. And by the end you are just scratching your head. I will try another of Wendy Holden's books to see if I like it more but I can't recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sasha Strader | 12/27/2013

    " Something like The Nanny, but British and twisty. Like most of Holden's books, I enjoyed it and then promptly forgot the finer things about it. I wish there'd been more Champagne d'Vine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 12/25/2013

    " This is the second book by Wendy Holden that I'm reading. I liked the first so much that I checked out three more from the library. Fun, funny, easy reads. Perfect summer books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/21/2013

    " I was not overly impressed. However, I did like some of the descriptions of people and events. It was pretty funny when she described the people disco dancing and Jett in his thong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 12/14/2013

    " typical chick lit, but it was an easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurice | 12/12/2013

    " A witty Brit version of the nanny business. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 12/11/2013

    " I stopped reading this book around page 100. I felt this book boring and the characters were not interesting at all. The book has to be horrible for me to not want to finish reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 yvette tramel | 10/19/2013

    " Fast and humorous read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christian | 9/27/2013

    " confusing in the beginning but funny in the end. Need a tips? Just skip the nanny diaries alike part and enjoy the story while the main character meet the, ehm, match, a heir who also teaching romance writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lestiya | 9/23/2013

    " kalo aku kurang suka sama ceritanya..tapi lumayan juga buat refreshing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilly G | 8/15/2013

    " For some reason I remember really loving this book and laughing a lot. I think chick lit was new to me back then? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Jones | 8/8/2013

    " Not my favorite book by Ms. Holden but worth a read if you can get it for a bargain and want a new spin on a romance story. Has funny and sad bits but not as good as Beautiful People to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 7/27/2013

    " And the search for good chick lit continues... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penelope | 6/16/2013

    " Not the best I've read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Spencer Inskeep | 2/18/2013

    " Slightly entertaining summer read that I picked up at a garage sale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 2/15/2013

    " Don't judge a book by it's cover. Because I did...and was sadly disappointed. This wasn't even good chick lit... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/9/2013

    " This book was boring. I wasted my time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lale | 12/7/2012

    " Not really enjoy reading it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sandy | 12/1/2012

    " Cute - British - Chicklit. This (and all of Holden's books) were great for reading on the metro - they really distracted me from the job I had at the time, which I hated! I recommend all of her books - not for brainfood, but for fun/escape/vacation reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kasia The Bookworm | 11/2/2012

    " I had nothing else to read at the moment and I took this,but dear god ...this is such a trash;I really regret wasting my time on that.This is like feasting on junk food.This is great junk book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 7/9/2012

    " I wish I could give this book -5 stars. That's all I got to say. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 6/24/2012

    " I read this during a time in my life where I was desperately searching for good "chick-lit", but was a bit disappointed. "

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About the Author

Wendy Holden is a successful journalist and fiction author. Born in Yorkshire, England, she studied English at Cambridge before becoming a successful editor for publications such as the Sunday Telegraph magazine, the Sunday Times style section, Apollo, and Tatler.  Her first novel, Simply Divine, was published in 1999 and was inspired by her time as an editor. Since becoming a full-time writer, she has written a number of books, including Gallery Girl, Marrying Up, Filthy Rich, Bad Heir Day, and others. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Derbyshire, England.

About the Narrator

Diana Bishop is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has worked extensively in theater, including seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and also for the Arts Council of Great Britain and the British Council. She has twice been a member of the BBC’s Radio Drama Company and has made many television appearances. She is also a prizewinning poet and a writer of short stories and plays for theater and radio.