The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

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Gayle recommends

The Dud Avocado is such fun. Sally Jay Gorce is my absolute hero – a fabulous American tumbling in and out of trouble and beds in Paris in the 1950s. Glorious!’

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‘One of the funniest books I’ve ever read’ – Gore Vidal

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The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status on first publication and remains a timeless portrait of a woman hellbent on living. It is, as the Guardian observes, ‘one of the best novels about growing up fast’.

Sally Jay Gorce is a woman with a mission. It’s the 1950s, she’s young, and she’s in Paris. Having dyed her hair pink, she wears evening dresses in the daytime and vows to go native in a way not even the natives can manage. Embarking on an educational programme that includes an affair with a married man (which fizzles out when she realises he’s single and wants to marry her); nights in cabarets and jazz clubs in the company of assorted “citizens of the world”; an entanglement with a charming psychopath; and a bit part in a film financed by a famous matador. But an education like this doesn’t come cheap. Will our heroine be forced back to the States to fulfill her destiny as a librarian, or can she keep up her whirlwind Parisian existence?

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A champagne cocktail … Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste … One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence – Observer

As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I’ve ever read – Sunday Times

I had to tell someone how much I enjoyed The Dud Avocado. It made me laugh, scream, and guffaw (which, incidentally, is a great name for a law firm). – Groucho Marx

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