We like to do our bit to encourage a love of reading and discussion of thought-provoking books with our Book Club in a Box. And what better title than The Nancys, a heartwarming and hilarious story for anyone who's ever felt they were on the outside looking in.
In our Book Club in a Box you'll find:
Tippy Chan is eleven and lives in a small town in a very quiet part of the world—the place her Uncle Pike escaped from the first chance he got as a teenager. Now Pike is back with his new boyfriend Devon to look after Tippy while her mum's on a cruise.
Tippy is in love with her uncle's old Nancy Drew books, especially the early ones where Nancy was sixteen and did whatever she wanted. She wants to be Nancy and is desperate to solve a real mystery. When her teacher's body is found beside Riverstone's only traffic light, Tippy's moment has arrived. She and her minders form The Nancys, a secret amateur detective club.
But what starts as a bonding and sightseeing adventure quickly morphs into something far more dangerous. A wrongful arrest, a close call with the murderer, and an intervention from Tippy's mum all conspire against The Nancys. But regardless of their own safety, and despite the constant distraction of questionable fashion choices in the town that style forgot, The Nancys know only they can stop the killer from striking again.
The Nancys is a gripping, glorious, heart-warming novel for anyone who's ever felt they were on the outside looking in. At its heart it is about the family we make and how we must summon the courage to face the truth, no matter what the cost may be.
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'A delight—moving and hilarious. I loved every minute I spent with these characters.' Paddy O'Reilly author of The Wonders
'How does The Nancys manage to be both sharp and blackly funny, but also uplifting and sweet?' Toni Jordan author of The Fragments
'Written with verve, humour and heart, this is a stunning debut, one of those very special books that enthrals from its opening, and leaves you with pangs of regret, desperate to spend more time with its characters. Simon McDonald, Potts Point Bookshop
'... a riotous, delightful mess of a case, with beauty pageants, cranky child witnesses and bitter minor celebrities ... Cheerfully scattered, this glittering, occasionally grisly and highly original novel ... stands proudly on its own. Fiona Hardy, author and bookseller at Readings
'The Nancys is a celebration of what’s important in life—which is family, friendship and also: makeovers. R.W.R. McDonald’s novel is face-paced, clever and full of wit and repartee. McDonald pays homage to the novel’s namesake Nancy Drew, but adds elements of RuPaul and Shirley Barrett’s The Bus on Thursday. The result is a work of fiction that is smart, darkly comic and, in the very best of ways, completely bizarre.' Katherine Collette, author of The Helpline
'A gleeful crime fiction debut with a satisfying balance of campy warmth and murdery darkness…'
Kate Adams, @kaddadams