Not Quite Nice by Celia ImrieNot Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

Not Quite Nice

byCelia Imrie

Paperback | March 17, 2015

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A charmingly funny debut novel about the joys and challenges of retiring abroad, from a star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, timed to publish when the film’s sequel hits theaters.
     Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter’s obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. 
     With its beautiful villas, its bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast. Once the hideaway of artists and writers, it is now home to the odd rock icon and Hollywood movie star, and, as Theresa soon discovers, a closeknit set of expats. There’s Carol, the infinitely glamorous American and her doting husband David; the erstwhile British TV star Sally; the ferocious Sian and her wayward Australian poet husband; the sharply witty Zoe with her strangely youthful face and penchant for white wine--and the suave Brian who catches Theresa’s eye. 
     As Theresa settles to the gentle rhythm of seaside life she embraces her new-found friendships and freedom. However, life is never quite as simple as it seems and as skeletons start to fall out of several closets, Theresa begins to wonder if life on the French Riviera is quite as nice as it first appeared.
CELIA IMRIE is an Olivier award-winning actress best known for her parts in the films Calendar Girls, Nanny McPhee, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @CeliaImrie
Title:Not Quite NiceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.29 × 5.53 × 0.84 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1632860325

ISBN - 13:9781632860323


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Full of Suspense! I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen next! The setting of the book based in Nice and surroundings was beautiful and the characters were always getting into mischief. The twists and turns of this retired group settled in Nice was fun to read. I enjoyed reading the book.
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great summer read Loved the setting. It took me a while to keep the characters straight and sometimes it was difficult to figure out who was talking - that's an editing issue. Otherwise it's a delightful read set in the sun with quirky characters. I'm now reading the next one which picks up where this one left off.
Date published: 2018-08-06

Editorial Reviews

"A warm, light-hearted, fast-paced tale that fans of Peter Mayle will enjoy." -Joanne Harris, author of CHOCOLAT"A very witty novel by a very witty woman. Hugely entertaining." -Julian Fellowes, creator of DOWNTON ABBEY"This charming first novel by British actress Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls) extols the virtues of retiring abroad . . . All in all, Imrie's funny, over-the-top romp reads like a screenplay. And who knows, maybe that's just where it's headed?" -Booklist"A hugely enjoyable romp of a novel with eccentric characters, a delightful background and a savoury tang of crime." -Katie Fforde, author of A PERFECT PROPOSAL"Utterly delicious in every way." -Joanna Lumley, actress"A cinematic denouement followed by an equally dramatic conclusion ties it all in a bow. Actress (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) Imrie's lighthearted first novel touches on real-world financial, occupational, and familial concerns of older readers in a way that's genuine and yet reminiscent of old Hollywood movies . . . Recommended for readers seeking a breezy read with a touch of romance and mystery and a heroine they can relate to." -Library Journal"A comic caper set among the tangled lives of a group of expats in a southern French village." -The Observer (UK)"A delicious piece of entertainment . . . Theresa finds herself in a nest of bonkers, scheming expats, and soon suspects that this paradise comes with serpents. The characters are a hoot and their antics are hilarious; even better, Theresa is a fabulous cook and Imrie includes the recipes of her signature dishes. Read the book, then make the chocolate fudge tiffin." -The Times (UK)