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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents A Very Nice Girl by Imogen Crimp, read by Olivia Forest.

A bitingly honest, darkly funny debut about love, sex, power and desire, by a major new British talent.

Anna is struggling to afford life in London as she trains to be a singer. During the day, she vies to succeed against her course mates with their discreet but inexhaustible streams of cultural capital and money, and in the evening she sings jazz at a bar in the City to make ends meet.

It’s there that she meets Max, a financier 14 years older than her. Over the course of one winter, Anna’s intoxication oscillates between her hard-won moments on stage, where she can zip herself into the skin of her characters, and nights spent with Max in his glass-walled flat overlooking the city.

But Anna’s fledgling career demands her undivided attention, and increasingly - whether he necessarily wills it or not - so does Max....

©2022 Imogen Crimp (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"In A Very Nice Girl, Imogen Crimp explores complicated relationships, the creative life, and the challenges of living in London in your 20s, with precision and subtlety. Touching on feminism, power, finances and the pleasures and dangers of a new relationship, this book is an assured debut." (Claire Fuller)

"Tender, devastating, witty. And deeply true. Sweetbitter meets Normal People." (Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss)

"Imogen Crimp captures the glittering thrill of being young and choosing your own life with a dark, unflinching undercurrent of desire, power and control." (Jessica Andrews)

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  • 02-18-22

Amazing - enjoyed every moment -spellbinding book!

I have to admit I am a murder mystery whodunnit Agatha Christie/Daphne Du Maurier stalwart and rarely venture from that genre but I just adored this book and was just as thrilled and swept away by this bewitching story as many the suspense mystery listen I usually go for.

I know or rather knew nothing about Opera and had very little interest but this really opened the door to a fascinating world - and how the twentysomething lifestyle as described took me back on a very sentimental journey.

I very much enjoyed the narration, a few mispronunciations like Figaro and chi-chi and some sloppy diction but all seemed to fit so well and be evocative of the age, background and personality of the character/protagonist.

I adored the beguiling Max and how familiar his style was - I feel like I have met and known many shades of Max myself.

I just really loved the sensitivity and honesty of the writing, the beautifully crafted story, the romance, the evocative painting of living and trying to make it in London. It really spoke to the heart and left me pondering and dreaming about it in between listens.

I won't say anymore except it was captivating and I am longing for the next offering from this truly gifted new talent - the way it ended makes me hope beyond hope there will be a sequel and I can continue to vicariously live this glittering but tough London life with Anna.

This has to be fast tracked to the screen and what a delight that will be.

Bravo ......... a galaxy of stars for this special, compelling, delightful and delicious book

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  • 06-20-22

Well written, but no story

It was entertaining and at-times, gripping. But I was left feeling nothing much happened.

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  • 02-16-22

On the edge. Loved it

Love a well written story of lust, infatuation & real life uncontrollable emotions that spiral in relationships. Fabulously narrated. Could not stop listening. Especially love an un-predictable ending !