The Diary of Isabella M Smugge | Signed Edition

Ruth Leigh


For fans of Sophie Kinsella and Katie Fforde – A must escapism read!

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** Signed Edition **

Isabella Smugge – as in ‘Br-uge-s’, naturally! Instagram influencer, consummate show-off and endearingly self-unaware. With a palatial home, charming husband and three well-mannered children, she is living the Country Life dream.
Newly arrived in the country, Isabella is ready to bring a dash of London glamour to the school gate and gain a whole new set of followers – though getting past the instant coffee, terrible hair and own-brand sausage rolls may be a challenge!
But as her Latvian au pair’s behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and a national gossip columnist nurses a grudge, Isabella finds herself in need of true friends and begins to wonder if her life really is as picture-perfect as she thought…

The reviews:
Magdelaine Snowden
It has been a while since I found a book that could make me put everything down, forget about everything and just become totally absorbed in the world of the story – this book is it. I was hooked by the fourth paragraph and found that I had to put my entire life on hold in order to finish the book. I did, it was midnight, I was tired, but I had finished it. Unfortunately, it also means that I now have to wait for Ruth to publish her next book. I hope it is soon.
The story perfectly encapsulates life in a small Suffolk village. I was on that playground with Issy. Those mothers are my friends, my frenemies. I could relate to the whole story. It made me laugh, it brought a tear to my eye. It reminded me of life before lockdown. The things that I miss, and the things that I do not. Thank you Ruth for writing this book. It puts life into perspective but it is also very, very FUNNY!

Jo Revitt
A brilliant book to lose yourself in. Turn off your phone, pour a G&T and immerse yourself in Issy’s world.
I cannot wait for the sequel.

Jane Bishop
I read a lot and don’t often laugh out loud but I did with this book, lots. Funny, thought-provoking. Loved the relatable characters. This book is a real page Turner, easy to read, really well set out. I loved the diary style. Can’t wait for the next installment.

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Dimensions 130 mm



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Date of Publication

10 Feb 2021

By (author)

Ruth Leigh


Paperback / softback