Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes - Sue Watson (2011)

Stella is a TV producer with a fondness for cakes. She is struggling to balance her career and her family, and as a result her marriage is on the rocks. When her evil boss MJ moves her to a religious gardening program, Stella reckons her career is nearly over. So ultimately she takes a drastic step and quits her job. But now that she is spending more time at home, she finds that it is more difficult to mend her marriage than she thought. When she starts making cakes for birthday parties, she suddenly finds herself with the opportunity to turn her passion into a profession. But will she be able to launch a new career in baking and save her marriage too? I laughed, I cried and I was constantly hungry! This gem by Sue Watson was hilarious, I couldn't put it down. Stella is a very relatable character who will have you rooting for her throughout the book. And with many of the recipes used by the character outlined at the end of the book, it is a must-read for all cake lovers! (LO)

Fat Girls & Fairy Cakes, by Sue Watson, asks whether you can make a living from indulging your dreams. The synopsis says: "TV producer Stella Weston is overworked, overweight and under fire. Having battled uphill for years to balance her career with her family life, she is repaid by being put out to pasture on a religious gardening program complete with a nervous vicar, his nymphomaniac wife, and 22-stone Britney wannabe gardener Gerald. In the past, comfort has always been found at the bottom of her mixing bowl but when even the most delicious lemon sponge with zesty frosting cannot save the day, Stella decides enough is enough. However, finding the courage to quit is sometimes the easy part. Can you really turn a passion into a profession? Does more time at home actually give you a happier family life? Are men truly from Mars or another universe altogether? Stella has to roll up her sleeves and find out - when the going gets tough, the tough get baking." Watson has worked as a journalist and TV producer. Fat Girls & Fairy Cakes is out in September.

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