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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: India Knight Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781470804428
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If Bridget Jones had two ex-husbands, three children, and invited her entire extended family over for Christmas…

It’s December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up “a few last-minute bits and bobs.” Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect—a challenge even in the best of times but particularly when “family” means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it?

Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with “a giant martini…and some olives.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riotously high in laughs and glamour. I defy a festive grump not to be cheered by it.”

    Independent (London), a Book of the Year

  • “Comfort and Joy, the third novel by India Knight, is in love with Christmas, and all its glorious Technicolor traditions…She writes sensitively and authoritatively about the tracery of emotional tightropes surrounding a festive celebration.”

    Guardian (Manchester)

  • “Laugh-out-loud funny…Perfect for snuggling up with over the Christmas holidays.”

    Cosmopolitan (UK)

  • “A wickedly funny, painfully honest look at families, festivities, and romantic love.”

    Marie Claire

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan 2 | 2/17/2014

    " This book had me laughing at the start. Meeting all the characters, and hearing all Clara's thoughts about them was great. I enjoyed the way each chapter focused on a different Christmas season through the years. I loved Clara's take on family and Christmas! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/17/2014

    " An insightful book which would mainly appeal to women, a fun read all the same, as the main character says and thinks some things which we can all relate to and say, "that's exactly how I feel." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa Landau | 2/15/2014

    " I will read and love anything that India Knight writes, but this is not nearly as funny as My Life On A Plate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 2/7/2014

    " Frothy chick lit that strays towards the preachy a little bit too often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Moore | 2/4/2014

    " Set over 3 Christmas's (Christmi as it is in the story) a mix of family,friends and exes spend Christmas day together. Both funny and sad,one minute tearful the next bringing forth great belly laughs, it brought back a lot of memories for me.Comfortable and enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/3/2014

    " A light read. Not a great book but it gets 4 stars for being couldn't put down and just what I needed to help deal with home-from-Maui blues and jet rag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 1/31/2014

    " An easy read to get in the mood for Christmas. I liked the fact that the third year was set in Morocco "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/19/2014

    " Thankfully, I was forewarned that this one was probably not going to live up to my presumptions and expectations. I didn't really care for the characters, and the holiday feeling was found to be lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciara Leahy | 1/18/2014

    " Deserves to be read around Christmas, light/funny tales of Christmas over consecutive years. Hugely autobiographical of Ms Knight which makes it more interesting. Finished a bit prematurely I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/17/2014

    " I'm a sucker for Christmas books! I first thought I might put this one back after reading a few pages, I decided to stick it out. Lots of quirky characters - Pat, the mother-in-law is my favorite. Some laugh out loud moments made this book worthwhile! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 1/13/2014

    " An enjoyable but chaotic Christmas read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 7/26/2013

    " Ok, when I started reading this book, it had a Becky Bloomwood meets Bridget Jones kind of feel. And I kind of thought it would be a great read! But the story went NO WHERE!! I gave it about 75 pages before I couldn't take it anymore. I was just so bored and nothing was happening. So buhbye!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/4/2013

    " bittersweet, darkly funny, and sometimes a little too close to the bone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mishka | 4/29/2013

    " Was a quick fun read. Not deep. I don't know if I will seek out more from this author or not... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 2/20/2013

    " I finished this book at my parents' house, home for the holidays, with King's College Choir Christmas carols in the background. Perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fanficfan44 | 1/25/2013

    " Funniest chick lit I have read in a long time. Christmas theme was done just right, not too much that it became cliche or annoying. Loved Clara, the narrator and the other characters stand out as real people as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/10/2013

    " Really easy read and something a bit different for christmas. Nothing particularly special however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zino Magbegor | 11/8/2012

    " Different from my usual choices and I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erikamayers | 10/25/2012

    " I liked the concept of the book. Holidays tend to highlight the dynamics of families and produces self reflection. It was interesting to watch this family evolve and roller coaster a bit through several Christmases. Glad I picked it up this Christmas, enjoyed reading it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/26/2012

    " A modern take on Christmas which was quite refreshing, especially when the last Christmas was actually 2011 and so in the future! It was basically describing Christmas a few years running for the main character and was a nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/25/2012

    " My timing for reading this story was great. I found this story a particularly enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne Carver | 3/24/2012

    " Well written, hilarious and poignant. An upper-class, 40 something, more together Bridget Jones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robynne | 1/29/2012

    " I downloaded this audio book from the library as a last minute "road trip time filler" - it started out well and kept my attention, but it progressively went downhill, both in language and content. I finally stopped listening and ended up disappointed in something that had potential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Poole | 1/15/2012

    " An entertaining take on the family Christmas. Disarming, astute in observation and at times made me laugh out loud (rare for me with books!) actually a 3.5 out of 5 for me but thats not an option! Not lifechanging but very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 India | 12/18/2011

    " chick lit....a fun easy read, i enjoyed it. three different christmases in the life of this woman and her wacky ever changing extended family. fun to read about xmas in the summer, good beach read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dana Obuch | 10/31/2011

    " While the British slang was entertaining, this book was full of bathroom "humor" and overkill on sex references. I might have like it if I was a 13-year old boy, but since I'm not - thumbs down! "

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