The Au Pair by Janey Fraser
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Antoinette Malfille and I am enormously excitable about becoming au pair! I have 19 years of age and have forever desired to visit Angleterre. My hobbies are clubbing and drinking. I tolerate children. I have (almost) forsaken smoking. I am available to work for you until Christmas as I do not pass my Baccalaureate. I await to meet you!
So starts the opening to THE AU PAIR, a romp through the world of foreign bodies and unsuspecting families. Jilly, a harassed mother of three, decides to set up an au pair agency around her kitchen table to help with family finances. Over the Channel, Marie-France signs up for Jilly’s agency in order to search for her English father who’d had a fling with her mother when she’d been an au pair, some twenty years earlier. Then there’s eight year old Lottie who is determined to drive away one au pair after another – until she meets her match. With a cast of characters drawn straight from real life, The Au Pair takes a hilarious look at what happens when an au pair takes over your family.
From the author of The Playgroup a hilarious book about families, au pairs, and the chaos that ensues when the two come together.
Praise for Janey Fraser:
‘I read it without stopping all the way home. Sincerely meant and rings true, and homey. Unputdownable.’ Fay Weldon
‘Terrific story and enormous fun. Also the characters were all great. Feel free to say anything in my name that is positive because I really, really enjoyed it.’ Judy Astley
‘A must read for anyone who has small children. Hugely enjoyable.’
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