Spalding bookshop picks out a good read

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Bookmark in Spalding has selected Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie as its book of the week.

Award-winning actress Celia Imrie is best known for her parts in the films Calendar Girls and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and on television as Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques.

This is her first novel, a charming, lighthearted and witty look at life among the glitz and glamour of the South of France.

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, tired of babysitting her bossy daughter’s obnoxious children, she sells her house and moves to a picture-perfect town, just outside Nice.

Once the hideaway of artists and writers, Bellevue-Sur-Mer is now home to the odd movie star and, as Theresa discovers, a close-knit set of expats.

Settling to the gentle rhythm of the seaside, Theresa embraces her new-found friendships and freedom.

But life is never as simple as it seems, and when skeletons fall out of several closets, Theresa starts to wonder if life on the French Riviera is quite as nice as it first appeared...

Not Quite Nice retails for £7.99 but there is a 20 per cent discount voucher in the Spalding Guardian of January 7.