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The Trials of Tiffany Trott Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1999

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In this hilarious and distinctly British debut novel, 37-year-old Tiffany Trott, a recently dumped London copy writer, takes desperate measures to find Mr. Right, or at least Mr. "ok-looking-bordering-on-the-almost-acceptable." Armed with expensive cosmetics and designer duds, Trott vows to waste no time on golfers, "commitophobes," cross-dressers, or men with the distasteful names Terry, Kevin or Duane. Wolff cleverly chronicles the inevitable disillusionments befalling Trott as she responds to personals ads, attends singles events, signs up at introduction agencies and goes on a long list of blind datesAonly to meet the likes of a lecherous television reporter and a "Seriously Successful" married man. Trott's compulsive list making, large circle of friends and unique ability to commiserate with household appliances set up Wolff's one-liners. Her distinctive humor is consistent, most memorably in Trott's experience as birthing coach to an unmarried friendAshe graciously accepts the assumption that she is a lesbian partner. Quaint English vocabularyA"nosh," "knackered," "beastly," "pernicketiness"Awill add to the amusement for stateside readers. (Aug.)
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'I absolutely, genuinely loved The Trials of Tiffany Trott. It's quite a while since I enjoyed a book this much. To be frank I wish I'd written it myself. It's funny, charming, upbeat and unputdownable. Acutely observed and so well written. I was completely diverted and entertained. It deserves to do fantastically well.' MARIAN KEYES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx Books; Reissue edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451408888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451408884
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Isabel Wolff studied English Literature at Cambridge and was a journalist and BBC broadcaster before becoming a full time writer. A Sunday Times best-seller, her ten poignant novels have been published in 29 languages and include 'Making Minty Malone', 'Behaving Badly' 'Out of the Blue' and 'Rescuing Rose'. 'A Vintage Affair' was an 'Best of the Year' title, 2009, and in 2011 was shortlisted for the American Libraries Association Reading List award. 'The Very Picture of You' was published by Random House Inc in 2011 and they will publish her latest novel, 'Shadows Over Paradise' (published in the UK as 'Ghostwritten') in February 2015. Isabel lives in London's Notting Hill with her partner, Greg, their children, her younger stepson and the family's black cocker spaniel. For more information please visit, go to 'Isabel Wolff, Author' on Facebook, or follow @IsabelWolff on Twitter. Thank you...

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
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Isabel Wolff is a very good writer - this book is extremely funny, extremely clever and great, great fun to read. I found it uplifting, inspiring but so realistic and easy to relate to -her descriptions of London and the 38 bus made me feel very involved as she goes to all the places I do! Tiffany is a very sympathetic, likeable character and she is surrounded by lots of lovely people - except for her ghastly dates! I LOVED the way she kept saying "actually I didn't say that... what I did say was...." - this is SO true to life! Which of us haven't done that! Unlike other reviewers I didn't find this irritating at all but just painfully funny. I think this would make a wonderful film or television series as the scenes are all so beautifully sketched and really conjure up a picture. ... Tiffany is a lovely book and I can't wait to read Minty Malone - Isabel Wolff's second book.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By on March 30, 2001
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I bought this at the airport on my way to London and boy was I glad I did - it kept me laughing all the way to England. A slow start, but by page 10 or so I was hooked as Wolff opened my eyes to the weird and hilarious world of the personals and singles bars. I liked the way Tiffany never lets up in her hunt for her ok-looking-bordering-on-the-almost-acceptable (to quote) 'bloke'. And she finds him in the form of Seriously Successful - a real catch - with a catch. I won't spoil, except to say I loved the way this book has so many twists and turns - and so many jokes my neighbour kept complaining that I was stopping him sleeping. Tiffany is a riot with her great put-downs and eternal optimism as she has one disastrous date after another. Makes my love life seem soooooo great by comparison. I don't go on as many dates as Tiffany does but I could really relate to what happens to her. I liked Tiffany's sharp wit and sense of humour. The book is also very well written - sure it's light fiction, and it's not going to win the Pulitzer, but Wolff has a great writing style. On my way back to New York I bought her latest at Heathrow - OUT OF THE BLUE - about a not so happily-married married woman who works as a TV weather girl. Also very witty, though slightly more serious. But I will look out for anything by this author now - her books are funny, very smart, and stand out from the crowd.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
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Seriously. You try and pack 5 people in a mini-van between Tennessee and Texas and see if you don't want to kill someone along the way. But wait! There was something to provide relief! The Trials of Tiffany Trott kept me laughing long enough to ignore every irritating moment of the long, long car ride. This book is funny and reminds me of Marian Keyes' work. I appreciated the fact that the ending was not the typical "formula" that is so often used (or should I say over used?). I've been joking lately that with everyone jumping on the Bridget Jones type bandwagon it's like a lot of modern day Jane Austens. You always know what the outcome will be before you read the first line. Not so with this book. Thank you, Isabel Wolff.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on September 11, 2000
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I have read some pretty funny novels, but this one tops them all! Having read and enjoyed Making Minty Malone, Isabel Wolff's second novel, I couldn't wait to read this one. I can't believe I hadn't read this book until now! I have no excuses -- people were constantly telling me to read it. I am so glad I did. The story is about serial dater Tiffany Trott and her tenacious search for Mr. Right. She answered personal ads and attended parties for singles. The man of her life was out there, she just had to find him.
I couldn't stop laughing at the funny situations that Tiffany had encountered. I lost count of all the men she met in the story, but it was funny that it seemed as though she only attracted dysfunctional men. Or was she the dysfunctional one? There were some incredibly memorable moments in this novel. I loved it when she said, "Actually, I didn't say that at all..." I mean, let's face it. We don't always say what's really on our minds. She was very witty and clever and real and I could definitely identify with her character. Also, I loved the backdrop of London's public transportation. It really made me feel as though I was there with her. Are you looking for an intelligent and hilarious read? Look no further. The Trials of Tiffany Trott is an unpredictable, hilarious and Seriously Successful novel that will keep you turning the pages. A definite must read!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on January 25, 2001
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I couldn't put this book down ~~ it was so hilarious and Tiffany's trials with the personals in finding Mr. Right hits the spot. I totally sympathize with her in her quest. The guys she meet are so-so, or delicious but they dump her for the ravishing girl next on the list and so forth. She falls in love with Seriously Successful ~~ can't spoil the ending for you.
I have never read any of Isabel Wolff's books and this one fits the modern, dating woman to a tee. Most women I know have dated guys only to groan that they will never find Mr. Right. I can relate to Tiffany as she sees her friends pair off ~~ after which she has helped interfere in some way to bring those people together. Tiffany is an outrageous but lovable character.
If you are blue or married but thinking the relationship is so staid, pick up this book. I guarantee that you will be thanking your lucky stars that you're not on a hunt for Mr. Right. However, if you are single, you can totally relate to Tiffany and how she has to go through all the Mr. Wrongs before she found love. Realistically, not all of us have dates every week nor have a job where our hours aren't set, but it's a fun book to read.
I highly recommend The Trials of Tiffany Trott.
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