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Summary

The new novel from the bestselling author of You Had Me At Hello.

Anna Alessi - history expert, possessor of a lot of hair and an occasionally filthy mouth - seeks nice man for intelligent conversation and Mills & Boon moments.

Despite the oddballs that keep turning up on her dates, Anna couldn't be happier. As a 30-something with a job she loves, life has turned out better than she dared dream.

However, things weren't always this way, and her years spent as the ‘Italian Galleon' of an East London comprehensive are ones she'd rather forget. So when James Fraser - the architect of Anna's final humiliation at school - walks back into her life, her world is turned upside down.

But James seems a changed man. Polite. Mature. Funny, even. People can change, right? So why does Anna feel like she's a fool to trust him?

Hilarious and poignant, Here's Looking At You will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. The new must-read novel from #1 bestseller Mhairi McFarlane.

©2013 Mhairi McFarlane (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Very very witty and funny. Left me in awe…a total gem." (Marian Keyes)
"The funniest, most romantic book I've read since One Day." (Lisa Jewell)
"I loved this book. It made me laugh and reminded me that anything's possible in love - and in everything else for that matter." (Minnie Driver)
"I loved this: an original, genuinely funny, genuinely moving, modern love story." (Katy Regan)
"Mhairi is darkly funny and quite, quite rude… You Had Me at Hello is a breath of tart, Northern air." (Sarra Manning)
"Bitingly sharp and achingly funny…guaranteed to have you bent double. I absolutely loved it!" (Claudia Carroll)

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Funny and very touching

Where does Here's Looking at You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I had never read anything written by Ms. McFarlene before bumping in this one by chance and deciding to give it a try. I must say that this author was a complete revelation! She is very similar to Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell as regards the ability to put a very funny twis in the storyline, but this book is also about deeper feelings and very touching confessions.

What did you like best about this story?

The heroine is particularly endearing. As an ex-obese turned beautiful woman by sheer will-power and dedication, this books differs from the classical ugly-duckling-becomes-beautiful-swan plots because it does not overlook the deep psycological side-effects of low self-esteem. The hero is a well-rounder character as well, and the interaction H/h fills the book with very funny scenes.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Throw in a cat which is probably plotting the death of the entire humanity but ends up only risking to get himself killed and you'll find yourself grinning throughout the listening. The narrator is very good at playing roles and she has a very clear way of speaking (I'm a non-native).

Any additional comments?

Book definetely advised! Looking forward other books from the same author

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  • jane
  • bradford, United Kingdom
  • 04-02-14

Not instantly likable as 'you had me at hello'

Would you listen to Here's Looking at You again? Why?

Probably not. So many books, so little time.

What other book might you compare Here's Looking at You to, and why?

Her last book 'you had me at hello'

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the book, the main character was a little annoying as well as the narrators cockney accent but enjoyed the book.

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MY MISTAKE

Oh dear, this was a big mistake. I've read one of Mhairi McFarlane's before and quite enjoyed the quick repartee and humour but this one was really not my scene. For a start, the narrator read at the speed of light, so I presume she was a bored as I was and just wanted to get finished as quickly as possible. The story had potential - poor fat, bullied Anna meets handsome nemesis from her school days and, we hope, takes him down. Unfortunately, not nearly quickly enough for me. There was too much laboured dialogue explaining how the two enemies could become great lifelong mates, and the story dribbled to a conclusion that was so trite that even a soap opera like East Enders would be embarrassed.
My mistake. I wont make it again with either the author or the narrator.

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Here's at reading Mhairi McFarlane!

I very much enjoyed listening to 'Here's at looking at you', an incredibly pleasant listen that left me with a never-ending craving for more.

The plot is straight forward, a love story that started with a school hate story! In my opinion, the book's simplicity adds to its appeal, as it makes the whole book more "real". Also, I have a lot of respect for books that although light-hearted and romantic at core, they are not scared of touching on serious and important subjects, in this case the catastrophic effects of being bullied at school.

The characters are great. Anna is a witty, sophisticated and sexy whose difficult experiences at school have stripped her of all confidence. James on the other hand has had a pretty "easy" life journey and is full of confidence. He's the kind of guy everyone would have fancied at school or "have a thing for" at the office. I really enjoyed the easy-going interactions between them and made me pine for them to get together from early on. I absolutely ADORED Michelle, Anna's best friend, who I really wanted to adopt as my own mate! All characters are very well built.

The narration is also great. I must admit, when I listened to the sample, I wasn't quite convinced by the narrator but I was completely won over! Cassandra Harwood is a great match to the main characters of the story, the tone of her voice and her pace are perfect for this book.

I have very quickly become a HUGE fun of Mhairi McFarlane and can't wait to listen to more of her books (have already listened to 'You had me at hello'). If you're looking for a feel-good, clever and witty love story you have come to the best place. Press "Play" now!

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  • Kitten
  • United Kingdom
  • 23-02-15

Like A Modern Pride and Prejudice

What did you like most about Here's Looking at You?

Great wit and humour! The characters and storyline remind me so much of Jane Austen's pride and prejudice. Very entertaining.

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  • Aimee
  • 24-07-14

Here's looking at you

Any additional comments?

It was ok. I was really looking forward to listening to this book because the synopsis read really well. I struggled to stay focused when listening to the book and I didn't spark with the characters. It was a similar story line to my all time favourite book "you don't have to say you love me" by Sarra Manning. Maybe if I had listened to this book before my favourite one I might have enjoyed it more. I think I spent a lot of time comparing the 2 books.

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  • Sharey
  • 24-05-16

It Grows On You

It took me a little bit to appreciate this book because my initial impression was that it was just fluff. Maybe it was fluff, but it was also a sweet, endearing story written with the verbal wit of Nick Spalding that's a lot of lighthearted fun. I'm still thinking he actually wrote this under a pen name. The style and tone are identical.

While the narrator is excellent, her strong accent, while adding to the humor in places, also caused me to consistently not understand some words here and there.

What began as 2 stars grew to 5. A cute, clever, little feel-good respite from the stresses of daily life.

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  • Wren Recommends
  • 20-04-16

Bridget Jones Fans - This Doesn't Disappoint

Would you listen to Here's Looking at You again? Why?

I've listened to the ending twice. The book was laugh out loud funny and heartwarming with characters you root for. I'd listen again just for the humour.

What did you like best about this story?

Sharp, witty dialogue, well-written and let's face it, how many history professors are the subject of romance novels. Loved that!

What does Cassandra Harwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Perfect with the accents that helped me imagine how the characters were actually speaking. She did a great job.

Who was the most memorable character of Here's Looking at You and why?

Honestly, they all were, though I particularly liked Anna and James.

Any additional comments?

I would prefer to write my own review instead of guided questions which make me feel like I'm in Junior High.

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  • LoCFo22
  • 18-03-17

Made me laugh out loud so much!

Many priceless quotes in this book! I'm going to have to re-read to find all the things I want to repeat! I really enjoyed it after it got going! It wasn't slow, but really became excellent 1/3 of the way into it. The characters are all likeable! Narrator is fantastic! I never review, but I was surprised that I loved this one.

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  • MHR
  • 14-03-16

Fun but predictable read

Fun (although predictable) story if you are a fan of British chick lit. Great performance by Cassandra Harwood--terrific job with the British accents.

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  • Maggie Reid
  • 27-03-18

Funny and enjoyable!

I thought The story was both funny and had a serious side. Although the serious side was in important part of the story it didn’t overwhelm it. I would totally recommend it to anyone that wants to read something that is light but has meaning.

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  • Kristen B.
  • 10-08-17

Funny and witty

Overall, I enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout the book. I found the plot line to be cute and charming. The ending was the only lackluster piece but still good!

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  • Joanna
  • 16-07-17

Great female lead

Slow start but then it was hard to stop listening. So refreshing to have a female character that is intelligent, witty, and honest. The rawness of certain scenes toward the end made me cry- wasn't expecting that. Great narration.

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  • blablablablabla
  • 09-07-17

Boring

The characters are boring. The story is predictable. It isnt worth the time or money.

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  • lzydaizy
  • 04-07-17

great fun listen

the last hour or so seemed to drag on, but the rest of the book was amazing. love this narrator, she's always good at the comedic lines and different characters. I also loved the story. it was laugh out loud funny at parts and touching at other moments. overall, a fun and very easy listen.