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The Last Laugh

Narrated by: Caro Clarke
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Jenny discovers her days are numbered at the same time she discovers her husband is having an affair...as is her life wasn't tough enough already. Two tricky teenagers, her mother's constant complaints, friends who aren't up to the job and a career which has been spiralling downwards. And now a cheating husband and a death sentence.

Jenny vows to keep both catastrophes a secret. She takes her life - and death - into her own hands and decides to live as she did when she was happiest...in 1996. She plans a spectacular 1990s themed party in place of a wake that she will attend. But will she be able to keep her secrets for long enough?

©2018 Tracy Bloom (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Sarah Griffiths
  • 03-25-19

different and I loved it

I cried...won't lie, absolutely loved it. A hard thing to write about and even read but it was wonderful and the emotions were incredibly raw and real.

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  • heather m
  • 03-17-19

great read

it was a great read but wee bit disappointed with the ending could have said what happened with the kids and all that. But over all a good read! 😊

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 10-12-18

Loved the book but hated the narration.

Wish I'd read as an actual book instead of listening to it.
Such a shame as it was well written.

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  • M. Smith
  • 08-27-18

Amazing book

What an amazing book. It made me laugh, cry and really think about life. It was a joy to read even though at times it was so sad. But as I say some parts were funny, I recommend this book as one of the best I've ever read/listened to.

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  • Autumn Rose
  • 08-16-18

Super book! Thought provoking!!

When I realised the book involved a terminal illness I almost sent it back as it is not really the kind of book i prefer! However I am so glad I continued to listen as it was just a very beautiful thought provoking book! It is also inspiring to live, laugh and love in the moment!

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  • Emily
  • 07-28-18

Brilliant

Hilarious, devastating and thought provoking. Amazing book! Much recommended but have hankies to hand x

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  • C watson
  • 04-29-18

Great

A bit of a departure from Tracy’s usual stuff .. but nonetheless unputdownable. A great unsight into the dilemma of being terminally ill.

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  • SarahH
  • 01-13-19

Beautiful, heartwarming and funny

I’m not sure that many authors could write a book about a character discovering she has terminal cancer and fill it with so many laugh out loud moments, but Tracy Bloom does just that. Poor Jenny has the worst day ever when she not only gets given just 2 years to live but to top it off finds her husband in flagrante with a coworker! Jenny decides not to share either of these revelations with anyone except her friend Maureen who is a resident at the nursing home she works at. Between Maureen’s never ending practicality and Jenny’s nostalgia for happier times, Jenny realises she doesn’t want to plan her funeral but instead wants to plan a going away party and for it to be her last laugh.

This book is poignant and heartbreakingly sad in places, but it is also laugh out loud funny, feel good and heartwarming. It’s a reminder to get in touch with what makes you laugh and fills your heart with joy instead of focusing solely on career and money. The characters are real and flawed but I fell in love with all of them - even grumpy old Mark. Another fantastic book by Tracy Bloom and the choice of Caro Clarke as narrator was perfect.