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Laura Lake And The
Hipster Weddings

Laura Lake is unleashed on the world! March 9 saw the publication of Laura Lake And The Hipster Weddings in glorious hardback by Head of Zeus (and it’s out too in glorious ebook).

Laura Lake got off to a great start with this brilliant review in the Daily Mail – ‘I am a huge fan of Holden's hilarious and clever novels…I adored it!’. Woo hoo! Read the rest here…

My newest novel is so much more than just a novel, it’s the first of a whole new comic series. My heroine, Laura Lake, is a bold and fearless glossy magazine journalist and every new adventure will let her loose on some hilarious aspect of smart contemporary life. star The first book has her investigating fashionable weddings, and is a riff on the fact that you can get married any way you want these days - bottom of the sea, top of the Shard, and with tie-dyed napkins, neon-sprayed cutlery and candlelit bottles in trees...

Here is the plot in full. At the beginning of the novel, Laura’s desperate to be a journalist. For now she’s an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine – sleeping secretly in the fashion cupboard and living on canapés. But hey, you have to start somewhere. And she’s just got her first big break – infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy expose.

Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be to get the skinny? She’ll disguise herself as a ballgowned billionheiress for the castle-partying aristocrats and a boho-chic pixie child for the posh festival nuptials. Oh, and a moustachioed lobster for the Shoreditch hipsters

But nothing can prepare her for disappearing brides, raunchy royals and a brush with James Bond. Or the fact that her jealous office enemy will do anything to bring her down. Will Laura get the scoop of the year? Or will she be out on her ear?

Please share your wacky, wonderful and witty wedding stories with me and win prizes! And please join me on my multi-stop, super-soaraway blog tour starting Monday 20th March. All aboard!


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Honeymoon Suite

My last book, Honeymoon Suite, was published in paperback last month by Headline Review. It got rave reviews, including 'One of the Mail on Sunday's Best Books of 2016'. Here is a synopsis of the plot:

When Nell is marooned at the altar, her feisty best friend Rachel says she’ll come with her on honeymoon instead. Why waste a week in a posh country hotel?

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So the odd couple, plus Rachel’s Agatha-Christie-obsessed small daughter Juno, head for idyllic Edenville, on the edge of the beautiful Pemberton estate. Awaiting them is a cast of colourful characters from Jason the camp hotel manager to the evil Angela, Director of HR. Not to mention the handsome Dylan, a bestselling writer on the run from his past.

Nell doesn’t want to go back to London, so when a job on the estate comes up, she’s happy to stay. Even if it is arranging weddings in the Big House! As she becomes entangled in the lives of the locals – and they weave their way into her heart – she realises there might be a way to reach the rainbow’s end after all.

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PS. A few just-published interviews with me…

An IT girl, an English teacher and Cleckheaton Library

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