Felicity Fights Back by Stella Sykes

ISBN: 1 9051752 64 1

Published: August 2006

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‘Felicity Fox had just had a most distressing experience. She had seen what she thought was the reflection of an old bag lady in the plate glass window of Peter Jones, but after a couple seconds she realised that she was looking at her own image.’


Divorced after thirty years of marriage and, feeling well past her sell-by date, Felicity Fox has to start her life all over again.

She moves to London and discovers that her friends are only too eager to help her. Jane, with her perfect marriage, is determined to find Felicity a new husband. Venetia, with her perfect body, is determined to mastermind Felicity’s physical transformation and Rose, with her perfect country life, is determined to persuade Felicity to return to Wiltshire.

And Felicity herself is determined to… Well, actually, she has no idea. She’s been a wife and mother for so long, she doesn’t know what else there is. However, she is about to find out with a little help from her friends.

But, as so often happens, other peoples’ lives are rarely what they seem, and Felicity discovers that even if she is never likely to have a rich and successful husband, or at any rate her own rich and successful husband, or a size ten figure, or that Georgian manor house, she does indeed have a new life. And what’s more, it’s all hers; she did it herself; and it’s very satisfactory.


“This new title of ‘Old Bag Lit’ is nicely in tune with my reading tastes at the moment, having recently retired. Heroine Felicity, middle aged, slightly eccentric and overweight, has just been abandoned by her husband of 30-odd years. Well meaning friends try everything to help her regain her self-esteem, sometimes with hilarious consequences. Stella Sykes, who inherited her mother’s marriage bureau, is in a strong position to write about her subject.”

Kaureen Humberstone, Nottingham Evening Post

Author Profile : Stella Sykes

Stella Sykes was born in Scotland a long time ago and was brought up on a farm in Kent.

Her many jobs have included being a cleaner, running a marriage bureau, being a photographic stylist and writing fashion copy for an advertising agency.

Having lived in Spain and Australia and London she has now settled in Hampshire with her second husband, six dogs, thirteen alpacas and several chickens. She has a son, three step-children and six step-grandchildren and apart from family her interests include skiing, gundogs, gardening, cooking and eavesdropping.

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