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A Risk Worth Taking (Hardcover): Robin Pilcher

A Risk Worth Taking (Hardcover)

Robin Pilcher

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Without a job, is Dan a man? His put-upon wife Jackie doesn't think so. He's been playing solitaire until all hours and oversleeping, just because his London dot-com company went belly-up . . . and, speaking of bellies, Dan doesn't look so good in that tattered old T-shirt he oversleeps in. Yet Dan Porter was once a big success: a financial market maker in the City who moved into the tech sector only months before the boom went bust. And then came 9/11. At least he's not the only guy out of work. His friend Nick Jessop has turned into a glorified kangaroo, carrying his baby with him wherever he goes and hoping to make a million reinventing a baby car-seat. Dan's investments have plummeted, and Jackie's the breadwinner now, feeling the strain of keeping two daughters in expensive schools, though their son, Josh, has dropped out of Manchester University to sleep all day, too, then frequent headbanger clubs at night. Gosh, muses Dan. Is everything his fault? Jackie thinks so. Unbeknownst to Dan, she's being seduced by a suave accountant. Will Jackie leave Dan for Steve? Back to that in about six months as Dan heads to Scotland to meet plucky Kate, CEO of a prawn-fishing enterprise. Even though Kate's husband has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she soldiers on, supplying tons of prawns to the UK and Europe. And she's handy with a needle, too: the comfy playclothes she whipped up for her children has morphed into a successful fashion line that, however, isn't widely distributed. Will Dan agree to market the line? Yup! Bitchy Jackie accuses him of infidelity: Is he the father of yet another woman's baby, an American? No-but he's supporting her and her child because she wasn't married to his friend, who died in the World Trade Center, and so isn't eligible for 9/11 compensation. Jackie leaves him anyway. Contrived, unfocused, self-indulgent. The son of Rosamund has brought us two other tedious contemporary soapers (Starting Over, 2002, etc.). (Kirkus Reviews)
Life has not turned out the way that Dan Porter had planned. He thought that when he married Jackie twenty-five years before, he would be providing for her and their family until he could retire to a small house on the Devon coast and sit with a smug smile on his face, knowing that he had not only done his bit to perpetuate the human race, but had achieved it with distinction. But life doesn't always turn out the way you imagine it will. Firstly, Jackie's little job turned into a high-powered executive position with a top fashion house which required most of her time and attention, leaving only a sliver of a moment for her parenting and home-making duties. Secondly, that he would suffer an out-of-character brainstorm, leave his safe job and start up a business on his own - but customers had not come rushing to his door. Dan becomes a house husband - and most of his time is spent studying his empty email inbox. Approaching fifty and having read a magazine article, he thinks of a new brainwave - to upsticks from London, buy a croft in Scotland and take over a mail order business with Jackie. The family are not amused...


Imprint: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: February 2004
Authors: Robin Pilcher
Dimensions: 234 x 153mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-85533-4
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-316-85533-2
Barcode: 9780316855334

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