Published: 28/02/2014
ISBN: 9781783062096
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Deanna Maclaren was educated at Wallington County Grammar. Leaving at 18, she immediately landed her first job in journalism, on Time and Tide magazine. Subsequently, she worked in Zambia on the Ang... read more

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In Bed With Mr. Plantagenet
A contemporary novel by Deanna Maclaren
by Deanna Maclaren

London, 1969. The beautiful, liberated Eugenie meets David Plantagenet as he is selling ice-cream in Oxford Street. Despite the age difference – David is just 17 – he moves into her elegant Marylebone apartment and persuades her to marry him. But David dreams of world travel and the following year jets off on his world trip, leaving Eugenie alone in London.

Left to her own devices, Eugenie lands a job on Stet, a new political and literary magazine edited by the eccentric Revel Rooke. Eugenie learns fast and becomes Stet’s star writer.

But is she married or not? Confused, she consults a top London law firm and encounters the successful, sophisticated and handsome Andrew Millard. They begin a passionate affair which is supposed to be just for fun but gradually becomes something else...

When David’s best friend Art Carter is badly beaten up by London yobs, Eugenie’s dramatic cover story for Stet goes worldwide, reaching David in Peking. He rushes back to the UK, but his arrival in London after a five year absence stirs up old feelings and David, Eugenie and Andrew must face the consequences.

A story full of memorable characters, wit and warmth, In Bed With Mr Plantagenet is a tale of love and friendship, and how these two emotions can cause loving relationships to disintegrate

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Deanna's latest novel Strangers in a Garden, will be published by Troubador in February 2011. Here's what Deanna has to say about it's background:

"The inspiration for Strangers in a Garden came from a chance meeting one summer's afternoon in the lovely garden of the Chelsea Arts Club.

"I was introduced to an artist. He wasn't good-looking. His shirt was grubby. There was no physical chemistry. but we did have a mental affinity.

"We talked all afternoon. He told me he was waiting to go and try to seduce, that evening, a girl he'd never had any luck with. So I gave him verbal coaching on the art of romance.

"At some point I asked 'Why are we talking like this, when we don't know each other?'. And he said 'Deanna, it's because we're strangers in a garden'.

"We parted. I never saw him again, so I have no idea if he was successful in his Lotharian quest.

"But that phrase, strangers in a garden, stayed with me. I started thinking, as writers do, 'What if . . . what if . . .

Family duties prevented me from doing any more about it then. It was years later, when my husband Nick Kent was driving us on the long journey home from Biarritz, that somehow the whole story came together.

"The result is Strangers in a Garden. A love story. I hope you enjoy it".

Here are some reviews of Deanna's previous work:

Little Blue Room (Ménage à Trois)

‘The difference between this and a hundred other first novels about young girls married to wily wives is that Deanna Maclaren writes with such a lovely, bubbly sense of fun and a hawk-sharp eye for absurdity.’ - Daily Telegraph.

‘A first novel which reads like a tenth, so fluent is the writing and so well-plotted the story.’ - Books and Bookmen.

‘Ms Maclaren’s sense of fun … a solid gold asset.’ - The Times.

‘Written with a gaeity and wit so disciplined that they synthesise into an admirable style.’ - Glasgow Herald.

The First of All Pleasures

‘Miss Maclaren evinces a proper horror of family gatherings (there is a vile, face-stuffing brood in Acton); and her portrayal of the incompetence of office life has enough fantastic ramifications to convince completely.’ - New Statesman.

‘A wickedly observant novel. A winner.’ Sunday Mirror.

‘I liked it immensely. The characters come tumbling off the pages, extremely individualised and real. I was particularly impressed by the author’s ironic humour and her peculiar brand of sadness.’ - Susannah York.

‘I must congratulate you on an excellent novel.’ - Livia Gollancz.

Dagger in the Sleeve

‘In recent times historical novels have been few in the paperback lists. Let us hope that A Dagger in the Sleeve marks a return to a genre that is both instructive and entertaining.’ - Irish Press.

Your Loving Mother

‘Light, witty and observed with an acid bite.’ - Daily Mirror.

‘Brilliantly observed, earthy and hysterically funny. It will make you laugh even while you’re groaning with sympathy.’ - Woman’s Realm.

The Single File

‘I highly recommend it to anyone living alone. It is upbeat in tone, with chapters on on home-hunting, a social and sex life, facing up to phobias and depression and dozens of useful addresses.’ - TV Times.

‘Packed with practical and original advice.’ - Family Circle.

‘Plenty of witty advice on everything from finding a home to entertaining ex-partners.’ - Western Daily Press.

‘Deanna writes with a light, amusing touch, but her theme is serious and her approach positive.’ - Ham and High.

Villa Fleurie.

‘This novel enthrall your immediately. Light and funny, the story is fast-moving and grips you from the outset.’ - The Connexion.

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