The Days of Judy B

by Rose Heiney

  • Published: 07 May 2009
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 320p
  • ISBN: 978-1-906021-35-1
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On paper, 23-year-old Judy Bishop is a successful journalist, the author of a first-person column in a Sunday newspaper, in which she documents the life of a fabulously social young professional: clothes, men, parties, laughs. In reality, she is a friendless depressive: living alone in Bethnal Green, teetering on the edge of obesity, wallowing in hard liquor and just about sustaining herself through a well-informed obsession with the golden age of musical theatre.

Judy is a woman in the mother of all ruts. With every week that passes, another exit is boarded up. Things have to change; and soon. Bracing herself to emerge from beneath her washed-out, single duvet, she gives herself 17 weeks in which to conduct the Great Overhaul, 17 weeks in which she can burst out into the functioning world in a flurry of men, wine, and song.

And that’s when things really begin to unravel. As Judy careers around London on a quest to change her life – from losing her virginity in a provincial Novotel to frying her hair with domestic bleach – she finds herself plumbing new depths of degradation and despair.

A stunningly accomplished debut from Rose Heiney, The Days of Judy B is clever, touching, disturbingly funny. This is a book for anyone who has ever felt their life teetering on the edge; it will take you from laughter to tears and back again – via the dark places of the soul where fear and insecurity lurk.

“Clever, with plenty of substance beneath the surface satire… and very well-written, not least considering that Rose Heiney is only 23.” – Daily Mail

“Heiney’s dazzlingly well-written debut – her prose has the kick and swagger of the young Martin Amis – reels you in with the promise of frothy fun, only to do a volte face into darker, more troubling territory.” – Time Out

“One of the funniest, most profound and most affecting books I have ever read. It has literally blown me away…” – Victoria Hislop, author of The Island

“Surely the debut of the year. Heiney’s voice has a stunning wit and assurance… A superb first novel.” – Kate Saunders, The Times

“When publishers’ lists glitter with fools gold, it is reassuring to catch gleams of the real thing.” – The Times

About Rose Heiney

Rose Heiney works as an actress and writer and lives in London. She graduated from Oxford University in 2006. This is her first novel.