Dottie Harris has a knack for stumbling into chaotic situations, gin & tonic in hand!
When Dottie and Henry Harris move to their new house, Dottie’s only desire is to make friends in the neighbourhood. But Dottie, just home from delivering her third child, is struggling to adjust to village life. Recently promoted Henry travels a lot, and the neighbours aren't very welcoming (although that could be because when Dottie first met them, she had dyed her children green).
So when Dottie accidentally hears her neighbours’ conversations over her baby monitor, she can’t help but use the information in her quest to build new friendships.
Of course, eavesdropping never ends well, and when Dottie discovers that two of her neighbours are having an affair, she’s horrified. Worse still, the locals are convinced she’s the one who’s doing the cheating. It’s up to Dottie to clear her name and expose the real cheat—in her signature haphazard way!
If you're looking for funny chick lit packed with parenting humor, or simply want to know you're not the only one having trouble making friends while juggling parenting newborns and toddlers, this book is for you!
Dream Cast for The Survival Series
I must admit, that one of my favourite daydreams is for Dottie to be made into a sitcom. I genuinely believe that her personality and general fiasco filled life would be a hilarious thing to watch play out on a Friday evening over a bottle of wine and some Maltesers.
Which leads me to thinking about my cast. It’s tricky because I think we’re so lucky to have so many talented comedians in the UK. Well I say it’s tricky, but right from the minute I started to write Dottie, I knew I would love Katherine Parkinson to play her. She is my comedy hero, and has been from the very first time I saw her in Doc Martin, although Jen in The IT Crowd is what makes me sure she’s right for Dottie. But who would I pair her with? Who would make the perfect Henry? For that I’m torn between three, with and you might have to help me decide. My heart says Richard Ayoade (and not just because I want to marry him) but I can’t help also thinking Jon Richardson and Robert Webb might work well too. All three are totally different from one another – but hold qualities which could bring Henry to life.
When it comes to Jane, the only person it can be is Caroline Catz. Her natural presence is perfect for the long suffering, reliable, but not without her fun friend, who is able to support Dottie when it comes to the nastiness that is Tina, who I think would be perfectly played but the hugely talented Isy Suttie. Especially when backed by Penny (Lucy Davies) and Izzy (Jessica Hynes).
I could go on for ages talking about Dottie’s parents (Jennifer Saunders and Jim Broadbent) and Henry’s mum (Celia Imrie) but that’s for another time.
What do you think? Do you see these characters standing out with these actors, or, after reading the series yourself, do you have any other suggestions?
Aimee is from Lincoln, England, where she enjoys drinking gin and spending time with her family (and she won't tell you which of those she prefers doing). As a child, one of her favourite parts of the summer holidays was to devour all the books in a little book shop in Devon. She continued reading at lightning speed right up until having children. She now reads with eyes propped open by match sticks.