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Sail Away
By (author): Celia Imrie
Celia Imrie


Bloomsbury Publishing



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jun 19, 2018
Print Run: 25000
$24.00 CAD


8.3in x 5.63 x 1.06 in | 370 gr

Page Count:

368 pages
Bloomsbury Publishing

The deliciously effervescent new novel from Celia Imrie, beloved character actress and author ofNot Quite Nice, follows the exploits of two women on a cruise ship.

The phone hasn't rung for months. Suzy Marshall is discovering that work can be sluggish for an actress over sixty--even for the star of a wildly popular 1980s TV series. So when her agent offers her the plum role of Lady Bracknell inThe Importance of Being Earnest in Zurich, it seems like a godsend. Until, that is, the play is abruptly cancelled under suspicious circumstances and Suzy is forced to take a job on a cruise ship to get home.

Meanwhile Amanda Herbert finds herself homeless in rainy Clapham. The purchase of her new apartment has fallen through, and her children are absorbed in their own dramas. Then she spots an advertisement for an Atlantic cruise and realizes that a few weeks onboard would tide her over and save her money until her housing situation is resolved.

As the two women set sail on a new adventure, neither can possibly predict the questionable characters and strange dealings they will encounter, nor the unexpected rewards they will reap. Vividly evoking the old-world glamour of a cruise ship--and the complex politics of its staff quarters--Sail Away is at once a hilarious romp and a thrilling adventure.

Celia Imrie, author ofthe novelsNot Quite Nice andNice Work (If You Can Get It) andThe Happy Hoofer, a memoir, is an Olivier Award–winning and Screen Actors Guild–nominated actress. She is known for her film roles inThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel,Calendar Girls, andNanny McPhee. Imrie recently appeared inBridget Jones's Baby,Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, FX's new comedy seriesBetter Things, andKing Lear at the Old Vic. She lives in London.

"A dashing rollercoaster." - Joanna Lumley, actress

"Forget the cruise. Grab Imrie's novel and have twice as much fun." - Hilary Boyd, author of THURSDAYS IN THE PARK

"Celia Imrie reveals a whole new talent in this irresistible murder mystery caper, packed with wonderful characters that will grip you to the last glorious page." - Maeve Haran, author of THE LADY AND THE POET

"Her work has definite joie de vivre and a sunny, good-natured feel." -The Daily Mail

"A very witty novel by a very witty woman. Hugely entertaining." - Julian Fellowes, creator of DOWNTON ABBEY, on NOT QUITE NICE

"A lovely read . . . A story that gradually unfolds into something delightful." -Kirkus Reviews on NICE WORK

"Imrie's movie-like farce is an enjoyable, lighthearted read." -Booklist on NICE WORK

"With sly, charming villains committing dastardly deeds, Olivier award-winning actor Imrie brings her own theatrical experience to bear on this refreshing whodunit... This charming collision of Agatha Christie and The Love Boat will delight fans of classic mysteries." -Kirkus Reviews

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