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"Having the same name as a 70s pop star was just the start of her troubles..." Hello. There are two things you should know about me: 1) My name is Karen Carpenter. 2) Just before Christmas my boyfriend left me. I'm not THE Karen Carpenter. I just have the most embarrassing name in Christendom. Particularly as I'm no skinny minny and don't play the drums. I can't even sing. I'm tone deaf. I work in a school in the East End. (Where I came third in a "Teacher we'd most like to sleep with" competition amongst the Year 11 boys) My Mum's driving me mad. She's come to stay and is obsessed with Scandi crime shows and Zumba. Oh yeah. The boyfriend. After eleven "happy" years he left me. No explanation just a post it on the kettle when I got in from work. I think I'm handling it really well. I don't think I'm confused at all. What was my name again?
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Having the same name as a 70s pop star was just the start of her troubles ...

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Jonathan Harvey comes from Liverpool and is the multi award winning writer of the play and film 'Beautiful Thing', the Bafta nominated sitcom "Gimme Gimme Gimme" and "Beautiful People" (Best Comedy: Banff TV Festival). He is currently on the writing teams for both "Coronation Street" and "Shameless". His other TV work includes "Rev" (Bafta, Best Sitcom), "At Home With The Braithwaites", "Lilies", "The Catherine Tate Show" and "Murder Most Horrid". He has written 20 stage plays including "Corrie!", "Canary", "Hushabye Mountain", "Babies", "Boom Bang A Bang" and "Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club".

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I knew Jonathan Harvey could make me laugh. I didn't expect him to make me cry too. The bastard. Jojo Moyes I enjoyed it HUGELY ... It's a lovely book, Karen is a very likeable character and it's great fun, all the different plot-lines and potential twists totally had me hooked and kept me guessing, but all the same, the reveal totally blind-sided me. I really wasn't expecting it! ... I take my hat off to you, it's a total page-turner, very entertaining, then very moving. Marian Keyes Light-hearted and funny, but with a twist that will have you hooked. Heat High-wattage witticisms and irresistible energy - a tonic. Daily Mail A choke-on-your-popcorn funny account of a special needs teacher ... Despite the regular sniggers, the novel also has a serious side, tackling complex themes such as depression ... Jonathan Harvey does a great job of writing from a woman's point of view. Stylist Hilarious and compassionate all at the same time, you'll laugh and cry. Look I knew Jonathan Harvey could make me laugh. I didn't expect him to make me cry too. The bastard. Jojo Moyes I enjoyed it HUGELY ... It's a lovely book, Karen is a very likeable character and it's great fun, all the different plot-lines and potential twists totally had me hooked and kept me guessing, but all the same, the reveal totally blind-sided me. I really wasn't expecting it! ... I take my hat off to you, it's a total page-turner, very entertaining, then very moving. Marian Keyes Light-hearted and funny, but with a twist that will have you hooked. Heat High-wattage witticisms and irresistible energy - a tonic. Daily Mail A choke-on-your-popcorn funny account of a special needs teacher ... Despite the regular sniggers, the novel also has a serious side, tackling complex themes such as depression ... Jonathan Harvey does a great job of writing from a woman's point of view. Stylist Hilarious and compassionate all at the same time, you'll laugh and cry. Look

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