Any Dream Will Do

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Hachette Books Ireland, Nov 3, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
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'Tis the season to be jolly, except for single Dubliner Jenny Breslin ...

Everything about her life - her boring job at the bank, the complete lack of romance - has been untouched by holiday magic, and she dreads the thought of spending yet another festive season with her larger-than-life mother and her mother's new boyfriend.

Thank God for Twitter, a place where there are always people ready and waiting to have a chat. She's even managed to make a couple of genuine friends there, even though she's never met them IRL.

'So who's on for a few days in Dublin? Would love to meet you all in person. I have a spare room in my house'- this drunken tweet to her Twitter pals changes Jenny's life forever. Before she knows it, she's counting down to a Christmas visit from London-native Zahra Burns, make-up artist to the stars; Fiona Lee, a stay-at-home mum from Galway, and nurse Kerry (the Twitter buddy Jenny feels closest to).

Suddenly, Jenny becomes aware of how her life will appear to these strangers. In a word: Boring. It's easy enough to pretend that you're an exciting and sophisticated person when nobody can see you, but now Jenny's worried about being caught out in the occasional lies that she's told. All the more incentive to change her life for the better! But once her pals arrive, Jenny finds herself pining for the past and wondering if people are ever who they claim to be.

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About the author (2011)

Born in Dublin, Maria Duffy knew from an early age that she loved writing, but it never occurred to her that she could pursue the craft as a career. Instead, she began working at a bank after completing a business course. Maria went on to have four children with husband Paddy and became a stay-at-home mum. She had never stopped writing and when her youngest started school three years ago, she decided to dust off the book she'd once started. Once she began to write again she knew it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
After becoming a self-confessed Twitter addict, Maria also began writing a blog for Hello's online magazine entitled 'Stars in the Twitterverse'. To date she has interviewed Eamonn Holmes, Jedward, Keith Barry, Wonderland, Gino d'Acampo and many more.
Any Dream Will Do is her first novel.

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