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Released: 28/04/2018

ISBN: 9781788032957

eISBN: 9781788034975

Format: Paperback/eBook

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51 Weeks


'This is a stunningly good read. It's beautifully written and the characters quickly became so real as I read on...I had a blast reading it and found I could easily relate to Amy's situation. Julia Myerscough's 51 Weeks is most highly recommended.' - J Magnus for Readers' Favorite. On a family day out, Amy Richards — mother, wife, fan of scones and Pinot Grigio — has a brainwave on how best to celebrate her fiftieth birthday year: I must experiment and experience … challenge myself and get to know myself better. It’s time to break out of my comfort zone and try out new things … when I am old, I must be able to shout ‘Je ne regrette rien!’ 51 Weeks tells the story of Amy’s hilarious voyage of adventure, growth and self-discovery. Every week, for one year, she must select and undertake a mystery challenge chosen by her best friends, Cate, Claire and Bea. What starts as harmless fun soon develops into an always exciting, yet frequently turbulent and sometimes profound, experience. As the weeks pass, friendships are forged and broken, infatuation tests morality and ethics, and the revelation of dark secrets changes both Amy’s life and the lives of those she loves — often in unexpected ways. 51 Weeks is much more than a series of challenges. A sassy, highly relatable novel, dealing with the realities of ageing we all face, it’s also an inspirational and empowering journey of self-discovery. It prompts readers to put together their own bowl of challenges, get off the sofa, and try everything they’ve ever wanted to do — often learning something surprising about themselves along the way.

51 Weeks is LIVE!!! It's my debut novel and all I ask is that you take the time to read it, review it and share it with your friends and family! Thank you.

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This is a great read. A story within a story, what starts off as fun relief from a mid-life right of passage, quickly deepens as intrigue mounts. After the first chapter, I was completely hooked and couldn't put it down.
The characters, both comic and dark, then develop, feel real and shine brightly out of the page. It becomes frequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing, yet often inspiring. It would make great TV or a Film. Highly recommended.

by Richard

This is a stunningly good read. It's beautifully written and the characters quickly became so real as I read on...I had a blast reading it and found I could easily relate to Amy's situation. Julia Myerscough's 51 Weeks is most highly recommended.

by J Magnus for Readers' Favorite.


I started reading '51 weeks' - on Thursday evening. I have this evening at 5.30pm finished reading it. What a book! If you're into Fifty Shades of Grey I definitely recommend reading this sassy and saucy book. Julia what a fantastic debut novel......couldn't imagine you writing anything saucy, but it is one of the best books I have ever read and had given me ideas on how to keep my marriage and life alive :

by Naomi

A brilliant pieced together book with a wide audience range.

Witty, intelligent and incredibly well put together. A rollercoaster ride of a book, alternating between humour and bittersweet. This is a fantastic read for people of all ages, giving not just food for thought, but time for reflection. What would your challenge be? Thoroughly recommend!

by Mr S French

A cross between Bridget Jones and Adrian Mole - Brilliant!

51 Weeks is an amazing bucket list journey and an incredible story which kept me hooked. It’s a cross between Bridget Jones and the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole! It’s one of those books which you struggle to put down as you want to know what the next challenge is going to be.

I usually struggle to get into books but I found this easy reading, very entertaining and the storyline is well thought out. The ending is brilliant as it starts the story for the second book. Even though it’s fictional, it’s very easy to relate to as the story is about real life situations people experience in their lives.

by Mark Pheasant

A truly fantastic novel. I laughed, I cried and did I snigger! It really did make me reflect. A book of our time. Everyone should read it.

by Anne


by A R

I recommend this for a light-hearted, really relatable and dead funny read ... A MUST for this summer.

by Becka Palmer

A BRILLIANT READ. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just couldn't put it down. Very entertaining

by anonymous

I recommend this for a light-hearted, really relatable and dead funny read ...A MUST for this summer.

by Becka

Like an afternoon glass of Pinot Grigio, 51 Weeks is light, refreshing and easily devoured.

The premise is thoroughly original: the protagonist Amy undertakes 51 challenges for 50 years.

The book sparkles with humour, fun and sass, but it is not without acerbic and astute insights into modern family life.

The characters are farcically funny yet realistic and relatable, making for a great social satire with a deeper meaning.

A must-read for women of any ages, especially if you like books in the style of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Thoroughly enjoyable beach reading or pyjama-day reading!

by Miss L J Allen

I'd strongly recommend this novel. A great read with just the right balance of lightheartedness and depth. I particularly like its pace, the frequent surprises, the laugh-out-loud funny moments, the fact that there's much in the story that I - and I suspect many others - can relate to and the way the characters are brilliantly and subtly built throughout the book. What an achievement for a first novel.

by Mrs S J Evans

I wish that I had done this when I turned 50 last year, although I am worried about what challenges would have been given to me. I found myself wondering out loud as I went on Amy’s journey with her and that darn Edith Piaf song has been in my head for hours now. I am planning on doing my own 51 weeks but it MAY mean I can read and review less #NetGalley books as I will be busy doing things (gasp) than reading books and writing reviews. I imagine the possibilities and I thank Amy (and Julia Myerscough) for the chance of opening up my agoraphobic world…this will be a fun (but safe) journey!

by Janet

This is Bridget Jones for the older woman. A joy to read. It brilliantly observes the minutiae of the daily life of a busy woman. Set against that life is Amy's journey which starts as an adventure but soon moves into a voyage of self-discovery which exposes the tensions lying beneath the surface and takes Amy to a new understanding of who she is. A must read.

by F. H.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the challenges. I know it's a novel but there are so many self help and discover your true self books that have impossible every day challenges that people can't do so even if in novel form I enjoyed reading about challenges that you could actually pick out of this story and do yourself. It gave me some food for thought which you don't always get in a romance novel.

I hated husband Geoff with a passion but this is a testament for the writing. I'm an ex-wife of an emotionally abusive husband and it brought a few memories back. I was willing Amy desperately to open her eyes and see what he was doing to her. It gave me a really good reason to root for her throughout the book.

And I loved the ambiguous ending. Yeah I know certain (spoiler free) decisions were made but there's a lot left open to the imagination. Too often we get 'Hollywood' happy endings so I really liked this one for leaving the reader with a bit of use your imagination.

It's fun, it's thought-provoking. I need some challenges in my life and possibly to go off and find myself a 'Him' for a while! I loved it. Highly recommended

by Kirsty

I genuinely loved this very funny book. I thought it had a great premise without expecting to necessarily like it. The plot, subplots, characters, pace, dialogue, story arc and wider issues it considers are all fabulous. Amy’s journey of personal growth and self-discovery is totally relatable. It’s about real women in today’s world. It described my life. I want to see it on the big screen!

by Paula

Amy is turning fifty and decides to embark on a year of adventure and self-discovery by following the fifty one challenges that have been set out for her. What follows is a laugh out loud, must read book. A very enjoyable read.

by Anon

I really enjoyed this book and found it easy to read. There were lots of funny moments but also more serious and thought provoking points too. I found myself wondering what I would do in Amy's situation. Although the main character is in her fifties, she didn't feel old or difficult to relate to. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a funny read.

by Laura B

When I first started to read this book, I thought that it was going to be a light-hearted holiday read, a mature take on chic lit, but it is so much more than that. The nature of the challenges Amy is presented with, and the way she interprets them, made for a great story. I liked the variety of characters she meets throughout her journey, and the way her relationship develops with her elder daughter is particularly interesting.

This is a very entertaining read that made me laugh and made me cry, but most of all it made me think. I look forward to reading a sequel.

by Mags51

Julia Myerscough

I like reading fiction that is unpredictable and which stays with me long after I've turned the final page. Stories with strong, often uncomfortable messages, about life, society and the human condition fascinate me. I love narrative and descriptive text that make characters and events come to life in my mind. If fiction touches my soul and teaches me something.

Mum to two teenage girls, I live on the edge of the Lake District and work part-time in insurance. In my spare time, I teach French to secondary-school-aged children, I'm an active member of our local village hall committee, I enjoy wine and board games evenings and going on 'low-level' walks (when it's dry!!!)

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