What Would Mary Berry Do?
Marie Dunwoody doesn't want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. Except, her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.
Marie can't ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie's had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow - to the letter - recipes from the Queen of Baking and at all times ask 'What would Mary Berry do?'
Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget sheets and so puts on the pinny: serious redundancies are on the horizon. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .
Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy's sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?
This is a delicious feast of a funny novel, perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Allison Pearson.
"What Would Mary Berry Do? is the funniest, loveliest book I've read in ages. With a cast of fantastic characters and a laugh on every page, reading this novel is like eating the best cake ever: you won't want it to end."
"What Would Mary Berry Do? is the warmest, funniest, truest debut I've read in a long time. I fell for Claire Sandy's writing: her prose sparkles with wit and charm and her characters feel like best friends, their spills, scrapes and domestic dramas sometimes heart-wrenching, often hilarious, and always all too relatable. This is a serious chocolate cake of a book - classic, delicious, dangerously moreish, and made with heaps of love. Fantastic."