Paige Nick is a fresh new voice from Penguin. Paige has been a copywriter in advertising for the last 16 years, on brands like Allan Gray, Kulula.com, BMW, Nashua, Cosmopolitan, Windhoek Lager and Levi's. A Million Miles From Normal is 99% fictional, although many of the characters are an amalgamation of the people Paige has worked with and clients she has met over the years. This is her first novel.
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SO WHAT'S THE BOOK ABOUT?
All Rachel Marcus wants is a cool job, a guy who has all his own teeth and a decent cup of tea. Is that too much to ask?
Rachel Marcus has a great life and an amazing job as a top copywriter at an advertising agency in Johannesburg, or rather Rachel Marcus HAD a great life and an amazing job as a top copywriter at an advertising agency in Johannesburg - right up until she got fired.
Forced to sell everything she owns and leave Joburg in a hurry, Rachel decides to move to New York City, where she plans to make a fabulous life for herself and prove to everyone back home that she's not a complete disaster.
Except the only job she can find is at a crap ad agency, with a hippie freak for a boss and an alcoholic drug addict for an art director. The only apartment she can afford is the world's smallest cockroach-infested rat trap. And all the men she meets are stalkers, ex cons and whack jobs. In fact, the only upside to her new life in the Big Apple is her new best friend - her frustratingly petite neighbour, Sue.
Will Rachel Marcus ever get it together or is she destined to spend the rest of her life working on ads for sanitary pads, trawling Internet dating sites and dreaming of that elusive cup of Five Roses? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, living in the Big Apple will change Rachel's life forever.
‘A fresh new voice... rollicks along.' - Vanessa Raphaely, Editor Cosmopolitan.
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