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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (Sept. 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552776742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776745
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cocktails for Three focuses equally on three different women, and on their friendship, unlike many books aimed at twentysomething and thirtysomething females. It is not told in the first person, thus avoiding solipsistic navel-gazing about the lack of decent men and their early-life crises. This is enough to make it stand out from the mass of "women-friendly" novels that crowd the marketplace with their pink book jackets and lurid strap-lines (unfortunately, its book jacket would have you think otherwise, but don't be put off).

Wickham cleverly puts herself in turn into the shoes of Maggie, Roxanne and Candice, exploring their contrasting lives and outlooks. All three appear incredibly successful in their glamorous careers working for a glossy magazine (perhaps in order to up the typical aspirational stakes of this genre). However, they harbour other facets: the diffidence and depression of the new mother; the hidden grief and yearning of the mistress; and the guilt and idealism of the daughter attempting to right her late father's wrongs. Heather, the fourth woman who plays a pivotal role in the plot, is never given her own voice or viewpoint, but instead is judged and discussed by the others, which does mean her eventual character resolution is somewhat predictable. Yet these elements of predictability in the characterisations and plot detail act as a catalyst for a series of events that are less predictable and are thus both satisfying and moving.

Along the way, Wickham successfully tackles death, birth, guilt and romantic love with a depth of emotion that does credit to her ability to localise these universal themes without trivialising them. Cocktails for Three blends familiar ingredients with a few sharp twists to create an exhilarating mix. Olivia Dickinson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Maggie, Roxanne and Candice, the heroines of Wickham's latest Brit romp, are three successful women in their early 30s working in the editorial office of the Londoner, a magazine enjoying a circulation renaissance. They meet on the first of every month at the Manhattan Bar, a posh lounge that caters to clientele sporting Prada bags. There, Wickham serves up a healthy dose of good-natured witticisms mixed with biting retorts as the trio bonds over adultery, pregnancy jitters and guilt. Freelancer Roxanne secretly dates an unknown referred to by the women as Mr. Married while jet-setting to Cypress and other foreign locales on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Maggie's stuck at home in the country on pregnancy leave from her position as editor. It is kindhearted reporter Candice, however, who is in for serious trouble. When she recognizes a waitress at the Manhattan Bar as Heather Trelawney, whose family was ruined by Candice's father, Candice decides to make amends. When Heather applies for a job as editorial assistant at the magazine, Candice supplies her with a writing sample of her own, landing her a job over 300 other applicants. Not heeding her friends' advice to leave well enough alone, Candice continues to extend herself beyond normal bounds of generosity and is surprised to discover in the end she's been duped and betrayed by Heather. In a predictable climax, Wickham delivers a nicely sewn up ending with each of the character's problems resolved, although none all that happily. Readers desiring a chatty, neatly told tale will be delighted by the author's deft handling of character development and drama.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on Jan. 15 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't know, it seems like everyone else liked this book and compare it to Kinsella, Keyes and Weiner but I personally thought it was the most boring and predictable book I've ever read. I bought it with the knowledge that Wickham is a pen-name for Kinsella and expected a similar type book to what Kinsella writes: funny, witty and exciting. Instead I got dry, boring and conservative. The style of writing is completely different than any of the above authors and I can totally understand why the author wrote this book under a pen-name....definitely not to be confused with one of Sophie Kinsella's novels! This book is seriously lacking in the humour and excitement department. This would be a book that I would expect to be read by some uptight, conservative, straight edged woman who can't stand to read swear words or sexual innuendo. If this is what you are looking for then this is the book for you. I actually found myself getting angry at the characters (especially Candice) for how naive and boring they were. On the positive, Roxanne is a likable character and her little scenario in the plot was probably the most interesting part of the book. I was very disappointed by this novel and will most likely not read another one by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl on Feb. 10 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cocktails for Three is a fun and feisty novel about three Londoners at critical points in their lives. They get together at their favorite bar after a difficult day at The Londoner -- a fashion magazine where they all work -- to discuss their latest exploits through cocktails. Each one of them is facing a dilemma.
Candice is a successful writer, but her stabilized career becomes threatened when she stumbles upon Heather, an old friend from high school...
Maggie is a married woman awaiting the arrival of her first child. She is quite content with her position as editor for The Londoner, which is why she is torn between continuing her career and giving it all up to become a full-time wife and mother...
Roxanne is beautiful, glamorous and free-spirited. However, she is stuck in a relationship that's going nowhere, for the man in question is married with children...
Cocktails for Three is a wickedly funny read that could satisfy all Chick Lit enthusiasts. Despite its banal and recycled plot, the novel's sharp dialogue, believable characterization and excellent prose make the novel a definite must read...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book diva on March 2 2010
Format: Paperback
I cannot believe that this book was written by the same author who give us the super funny Shopaholic serie! This book is really boring, conservative, and the characters are totally flat. I brought two books for my vacation, and I was happy to grab the second one after being so disappointed with this one!

Do not waste your time with this book, unless you really enjoy non-interesting plot and characters!

Wit and absurdly funny situations are totally absent from this book. Please bring Becky back!!!!!
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Candice, Roxanne and Maggie are friends who work for The Londoner newspaper and have a monthly cocktail hour the first of each month at The Manhattan Bar. Maggie is married, pregnant and has just moved out to the country, Candice is recently out of a relationship with another co-worker, and Roxanne has been conducting a 6-year-long affair with "Mr Married with Kids" (even her friends don't know his name.)
Their waitress that evening happens to be Heather, a girl Candice knows from school years ago, when Candice's father's dishonesty had bankrupted Heather's family and pulled her out of school. Candice is racked with guilt and decides to atone by getting Heather a job as an editorial assistant at the Londoner and having Heather as her roommate to boot.
Maggie is uncomfortable with her impending motherhood and feels like a failure as she adjusts to her new home. And Roxanne's travels (she is the freelance travel writer) brings a job opportunity that she might take, seeing how Mr. Married won't commit. But Mr. Married has new problems of his own, and doesn't know how to tell Roxanne to do what's best for her ....
It's an entertaining and well-developed book, and a quick read (I read it in a day!) Very enjoyable.
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By Katie F. on Feb. 8 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Madeleine Wickham proves once again that she is more than just a "chick lit" author. Though her novels are short, they do pack a punch and try to teach a little life lesson besides.
Candice, Maggie and Roxanne are best friends who work at the Londoner, a monthly magazine in - where else? - London, and meet on the first of the month for cocktails at the Manhattan Bar. This particular month finds Maggie ready to give birth, Roxanne still with her married with children boyfriend and Candice having just broken up with her co-worker boyfriend, Justin. Candice recognizes their waitress as a girl she was at school with and says her name, just as she realizes that her recognition was probably best kept to herself as the waitress, Heather Trelawney, had to leave school when her family lost all their money due to Candice's swindling father. It strikes good-hearted Candice that she can try and make amends to Heather by helping her get a job at the magazine. Unfortunately, her good deeds don't stop there and as the saying goes, "No good deed goes unpunished."
Follow these friends through the ups and downs of motherhood, affairs, death and evil machinations and enjoy every page of it.
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