BOOK REVIEW: Friends Like These  

Posted by Scott Wilson

Title: Friends Like These

Author: Wendy Harmer

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP: $32.99

ISBN: 9781741751666

Release Date: April 2011

Pages: 488


A sparkling novel about friendship, love, betrayal and money - a modern, witty and wise comedy of manners set among the wealthy elite where a glittering harbour view is the ultimate prize.


Greed, fraud, betrayal and resurrection - this is a search for something to believe in. A search that takes us to a baby-naming, a same-sex wedding and a funeral all performed by Jo Blanchard, newly trained civil celebrant.

Jo - recently single, 45-year-old mother of two - is the former deputy headmistress of Sydney's most exclusive private girls' school - Darling Point Ladies College. A year ago she was forced to abandon her post in a scandal that had all the social set talking. In fact, they're still talking.

Jo is moving on - but with friends like hers, maybe leaving them behind is her only option.

About Wendy Harmer

Wendy Harmer is Australia's best-known comedienne. She is a mother of two, veteran of countless international comedy festivals and hosted 2DayFM's top-rating Breakfast Show for 11 years. Wendy is also the author of three books for adults, including the best-selling Farewell My Ovaries and Love and Punishment as well as two plays, a series of children's book about Pearlie, an urban park fairy, a novel for young adults and the libretto for Lake Lost, a production by Baz Luhrmann for Opera Australia. Wendy has hosted, written and appeared in a wide variety of TV shows including ABC's Big Gig and In Harmer's Way. She has also hosted the Nine Network television Logies and has been a regular newspaper and magazine contributor, writing columns for Australian Women's Weekly and the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine.


Wendy Harmer is a well known Australian entertainer and radio show host, and this book is true to her light hearted and humorous book. Friends Like These is a satirical comedy of manners, set in Sydney's eastern suburbs and is the narrative of Jo Blanchard, who has just become both single and a marriage celebrant. Jo has left her job at an exclusive girls school after a scandal and her life has seemingly endless intense twist, turns, romances.

Harmer has based her book on themes are greed, fraud and the desire to become accepted. A great, fun and light-hearted book.

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