The Brazilian by Rosie Millard

The Brazilian

Following a sensational scandal at one of London's most desired post codes, Jane and Patrick decide to escape the gossip with a family holiday to Ibiza, their eight-year-old George in tow. Also on the island that week is a TV reality show involving an eccentric artist, a horny It Girl, a Brazilian soccer player, and a famous musician. As hapless celebrities are picked off...

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  • Anissa

    This may actually have been more fun than The Square. This time the setting is Ibiza with a handful of characters known from the first book and new ones to get to know.

    I don't watch reality programmes but I do enjoy books that show a behind the scenes look in at them. The Brazilian hit all the hallmarks. You can't really go wrong with a bunch of people vying to upgrade from C (possibly D-list) "celebrities" on a reality television series. I didn't even feel badly for any of them that there was

    This may actually have been more fun than The Square. This time the setting is Ibiza with a handful of characters known from the first book and new ones to get to know.

    I don't watch reality programmes but I do enjoy books that show a behind the scenes look in at them. The Brazilian hit all the hallmarks. You can't really go wrong with a bunch of people vying to upgrade from C (possibly D-list) "celebrities" on a reality television series. I didn't even feel badly for any of them that there was a ringer in the group. It's takes a particular talent to write a generally off-putting group that makes you still want to turn the page and not tune out of the story. As with

    , I wanted to know how things would turn out for everyone.

    Jane remains gloriously vapid & I'm still wondering what Patrick sees in her. Still, Jane's inner thoughts were worth a lot of laughs out loud. My favorite being when she posits she should be famous because Theresa May is and she, Jane "has A LOT more going for her than Theresa bloody May." Belle was one that I quite pulled for in all the chaos in Ibiza. Gemma was a standout in the

    group with Alan coming in a second with his excellent observations. But the real standout is little George. He was a delight in the first book and he just continues being awesome here.

    I've only one real regret, that I won't have this to read poolside this summer. It strikes a good balance between frothy fun and making a relevant statement on this age of the sport of chasing insta-fame. This is a fun one and definitely one to take along on vacay.

  • Dash fan

    4☆ Fun, cheeky Summer Read

    The Brazilian is a very fun, cheeky, adventurous, humorous read.

    From the very first page Rosie had me laughing out loud. A Brazilian wax will never be the same lol

    This is my first book by Rosie and I'm looking forward to reading more!

    It's jam packed full of humorous, quirky characters.

    All are holidaymakers in Ibiza.

     Except some are there for a reality tv show, some are there for a so called family holiday, 2 young people sneaking around (one a Nanny & the other sne

    4☆ Fun, cheeky Summer Read

    The Brazilian is a very fun, cheeky, adventurous, humorous read.

    From the very first page Rosie had me laughing out loud. A Brazilian wax will never be the same lol

    This is my first book by Rosie and I'm looking forward to reading more!

    It's jam packed full of humorous, quirky characters.

    All are holidaymakers in Ibiza.

     Except some are there for a reality tv show, some are there for a so called family holiday, 2 young people sneaking around (one a Nanny & the other sneaked to Ibiza with a walking club to be with he's girlfiend), a walking holiday group, tv crew. & a celeb.

    It's non stop craziness.

    If I say anymore then I will ruin the story. But let's just say things are not what they Seem, and for some reason or another the contestants and the people on holiday seem to know each other not all of them but some.

    My favourite Character was Jane, her witty thoughts and opinions had me laughing out loud.

     She goes to Ibiza with her husband who she isn't really getting on with and her son George who is desperate for attention.

    But she brings Belle her Nanny along so she can have adult time.

    But Belle has other ideas. She regretfully leaves out her boyfriend is also going to be in Ibiza and they plan to have as much fun as possible.

    I mean what could possibly go wrong!!!

    The reality TV show contestants are a very eclectic bunch of B list celebs, all desperate to make it big.  

    The show Ibiza or Bust is clever and has the celebs doing all kinds of things. You really have to read it to find out more!

    The only thing that I found could be confusing is that there is so many characters, each chapter is told by a different character. So you sometimes have to try and second guess who the chapter is referring too.

     Especially early on with the tv show contestants when you are trying to learn who each one is.

    Although this is a based on a reality tv show, please don't be put off reading it as there is so many interesting fun, quirky, eclectic characters and storylines that there is more this book has to give!

    But overall a quick, fun read.

    Definetly recommend this book to readers who love comedy, chick lit, holiday reads, reality shows, looking for a fun & easy summer read.

    I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review via Netgalley.

  • Samantha

    Very easy read and perfect for holiday lazing beside the pool.

    I had read Rosie Millard's The Square and this one is just as enjoyable. Good characterisation and another really likeable 'grown up' 8 year old for me steals the show. Loved the antics of these flawed characters and brilliant humour and irony dominates this very likeable novel.

    Jane and Patrick go on a 'family' holiday to Ibiza with their adorable son George, Jane enlists the help of a neighbours 17 year old daughter Belle to be the

    Very easy read and perfect for holiday lazing beside the pool.

    I had read Rosie Millard's The Square and this one is just as enjoyable. Good characterisation and another really likeable 'grown up' 8 year old for me steals the show. Loved the antics of these flawed characters and brilliant humour and irony dominates this very likeable novel.

    Jane and Patrick go on a 'family' holiday to Ibiza with their adorable son George, Jane enlists the help of a neighbours 17 year old daughter Belle to be the nanny for the duration of the holiday paying for her flight and promising to pay her £500 in the bargain. Belle desperately wants to save for a music festival she wants to go to with her boyfriend and so agrees. Jas her boyfriend works for Philip Burrell and when he tells him he's going away for a week maybe two (he doesn't tell him where) Jas and Belle hatch a plan for Jas to go to Ibiza as well and they can meet up in the evenings and go clubbing.

    Also on the island that week is a TV reality show with B list celebs including an ageing artist Philip Burrell, a magician Jasper the Wizard, a TV financial advisor Alan Makin, an It girl Cresta who is married to Moo a celebrity farmer also on the show, Nigel and Jocelyn presenters of a holiday show, Gemma a celebrity estate agent and the surprise appearance of a well known Brazilian footballer Francesco Villa. Philip Burrell the artist and Alan Makin the advisor both live on the same square in North London and hate each other.

    These 'celebs' spend the next week or so forced together eventually voting against each other until a winner is picked on this reality TV show Ibiza or Bust.

    Good comedy moments in this novel and like The Square the characters are very real and believable, great observational writing with great wit and expertly written . Has to have 5 stars from me. Loved it

    I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

  • Butterfly2507

    This was such a fun and quick read! Loved the humor in it and also the "reality show" which is a complete mockery off actual reality shows. You know how each time a contestant has to leave and how they're supposed to do "dangerous" activities or games.

    It was hilarious and I can't recommend it enough :)

  • I read novels

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    I have read The Square by Rosie Millard, so when I was offered to do a blog tour for the follow up book The Brazilian I jumped at the chance. I must say I found The Brazilian more funnier and I enjoyed it much more than The Square.

    I loved the opening chapter. Jane is having a Brazilian wax in her paper knickers. The beautician asked Jane going on holiday are we? When Jane tell the beautician where she is going the beautician tells Jane my oldest is going th

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    I have read The Square by Rosie Millard, so when I was offered to do a blog tour for the follow up book The Brazilian I jumped at the chance. I must say I found The Brazilian more funnier and I enjoyed it much more than The Square.

    I loved the opening chapter. Jane is having a Brazilian wax in her paper knickers. The beautician asked Jane going on holiday are we? When Jane tell the beautician where she is going the beautician tells Jane my oldest is going there too this summer, what a coincidence.

    Jane received a text from Tracey, Belle’s mother. Jane So funny! I must tell you that not one but I think TWO of our neighbors are also on their way to Ibiza in a TV programme! It looks like the dreaded Alan Makin, you know, the TV finance guy who lives in Jays old house, and that very strange artist Philip Burrell are BOTH doing some TV reality show, Can you believe it? You might bump into them! Amazing Tracey xxxx

    Jane is desperate to be on the TV show. Sorry but I can't reveal any more.

  • Linda Hill

    A holiday in Ibiza mixed with a reality TV event is going to give all the participants more than they bargained for.

    Initially I didn’t think I was going to enjoy The Brazilian as I found the first character presented, Jane, totally vacuous and detestable. However, the more I read, the more I was sucked into what is a clever, witty and acerbic commentary on today’s society. As the tapestry of individuals increased I found all types were represented from the shy and retiring to the sexually prolif

    A holiday in Ibiza mixed with a reality TV event is going to give all the participants more than they bargained for.

    Initially I didn’t think I was going to enjoy The Brazilian as I found the first character presented, Jane, totally vacuous and detestable. However, the more I read, the more I was sucked into what is a clever, witty and acerbic commentary on today’s society. As the tapestry of individuals increased I found all types were represented from the shy and retiring to the sexually prolific so that there is a person for every reader to respond to. By the end of the read I still hadn’t found Jane any better, but I really liked Grace, Bella and George. Similarly, the range of ages, gender and sexual proclivity all make for fascinating reading. I found looking at a reality television programme from the perspective of the producer, Simon, quite enlightening and his participation really appealed to me.

    I wish I had read the first book to introduce all the characters, The Square, as I think that would have eased me in to the story more rapidly, but Rosie Millard has a deft touch in bringing her readers up to date so The Brazilian works well as a stand alone read.

    The plot is well presented, with much of the action revolving around the reality television programme Ibiza (Or Bust) as well as the family dynamic of Patrick, Jane and George. However, it is the interplay of relationships that really brings the text alive – ironically just as the relationships are the lynchpin of such television programmes.

    The stand out aspect of The Brazilian (alongside the dual meaning of the title!) is Rosie Millard’s devilish spotlight on today’s celebrity led society. She lays bare the contemptuous, the pathetic and the despicable as well as the admirable, the heroic and the realistic so that hers is a vivisection of how we have become obsessed with appearance and fame. So clever is the writing that I went from initially not much liking The Brazilian to thinking it was a perfect presentation of modern society. The Brazilian was a book I really enjoyed.

  • Susan Hampson

    This is such a fun packed book to read that had me cringe and laugh in equal measures. For me Jane is definitely the star of this book but there again SHE would expect no less. Talk about standing on peoples toes to get to the top, Jane would be more likely to knock you down and trample you so you wouldn’t get back up. In her forties she knows time is running out for her to hit the big time, being famous for what is another matter. She simply wants fame, fortune is seeing to itself as she lives

    This is such a fun packed book to read that had me cringe and laugh in equal measures. For me Jane is definitely the star of this book but there again SHE would expect no less. Talk about standing on peoples toes to get to the top, Jane would be more likely to knock you down and trample you so you wouldn’t get back up. In her forties she knows time is running out for her to hit the big time, being famous for what is another matter. She simply wants fame, fortune is seeing to itself as she lives a very comfortable life with hubby Patrick and eight year old George her son. Even poor George is more of an accessory to be brought in for family pictures than played with. Though she does love him, at a distance of course.

    Well you know when you go on holiday and tend to run into someone that you know back home, well when Jane, Patrick, George and a neighbours daughter, Belle, paid to look after George on their ‘family holiday’ go to Ibiza, it seems the whole square where they live go too. Jane is non too happy to find out that two of her neighbours are on a reality show being shot just down the road from their villa. I mean really who do they think they are? ‘Ibiza or Bust’ is just the sort of break she needs. Well yes I do have to agree with her as it is full of ‘has been, wannabe and gotta be’ people. Now the fun begins.

    This is a just continuous entertainment from the minute I started reading to the end. I even loved the creeps in it! The reality TV show played a massive part in the book and how Jane could wangle herself onto the set. Of course these contestants are all in it to win it and the more outrageous they are the better. Love the retakes, just brilliant. From horny painters to failed magicians and celebrity farmers it really is a mix or explosive characters. Awesome entertainment on every page. Loved George, the most normal of them all.

     

  • Karen Mace

    I hadn't read the first of this 'series' called The Square but it didn't take long to embrace the characters and their crazy ways which made for a very entertaining read! Perfect for a sunny day!

    It focuses on the family of Jane who seems to be a harrassed mother who seems to detest having to spend anytime with her young son George! She doesn't even seem to like spending much time with her husband either to be fair! So they escape to Ibiza for a break, along with a babysitter, Bella, to take care

    I hadn't read the first of this 'series' called The Square but it didn't take long to embrace the characters and their crazy ways which made for a very entertaining read! Perfect for a sunny day!

    It focuses on the family of Jane who seems to be a harrassed mother who seems to detest having to spend anytime with her young son George! She doesn't even seem to like spending much time with her husband either to be fair! So they escape to Ibiza for a break, along with a babysitter, Bella, to take care of their son George! But they aren't the only ones from their neighbourhood heading to Ibiza as a reality show is also filming out there at the same time and features some of their neighbours. Nothing like getting away from it all!!

    This book is full of all the ghastly behaviour you expect from those desperate enough to be on a reality tv show and shows just how far some people will go to for their '5 minutes of fame'. This also leads to a number of rather amusing moments!

    It is told from a number of Points of View which is a nice way of seeing more of their exploits - my favourite was definitely the son George! He seemed the only normal personality amongst them all and just wanted his mum and dad to spend sometime with him! It also showed his mum, Jane, up for being quite empty and shallow and I did end up feeling a little sorry for her in the end that nothing seemed to make her happy!

    This book made for a fun, sassy escape read!!

    Thank you to the publishers, Legend Press, for the copy in return for a fair and honest review

  • Pop Bop

    Like Slowly Driving Past An Auto Accident

    After reading the first few chapters of this book and getting really quite as much of Jane as I needed I was tempted to quit and look elsewhere. But, there were hints here and there that other characters might be interesting, and that the reality show antics would be unpredictable and more than just shallow slapstick. Plus, for every clichéd cheap shot there were one or two other more knowing, and sly, throwaway lines that suggested that this book was goi

    Like Slowly Driving Past An Auto Accident

    After reading the first few chapters of this book and getting really quite as much of Jane as I needed I was tempted to quit and look elsewhere. But, there were hints here and there that other characters might be interesting, and that the reality show antics would be unpredictable and more than just shallow slapstick. Plus, for every clichéd cheap shot there were one or two other more knowing, and sly, throwaway lines that suggested that this book was going to just keep getting better and better. Good call. Each chapter is like a big handful of crunchy potato chips/crisps, and you keep telling yourself - "just one more" - until you're committed and you have to find out how it all plays out in the end.

    It helps that almost every character is more shaded and more playfully manipulated by the author than one might expect. Our author does a marvelous job of shifting each major character from ridiculous to sympathetic and back to ridiculous, and it's actually a bit unnerving as a reader to realize how easily we can be manipulated by an author once we've been snared by a book. It certainly helps that Mallard can be wicked, rude, a bit ribald, and refreshingly honest, often all on the same page.

    We often follow the thoughts of Simon, the small time producer of this small time reality show, as he figures out what he can work with, what can be edited, who can be led where, and how a hit can be coaxed and produced from this raw human material, and at some point you realize that the author is doing the exact same thing, but with complete control over the project. It was when I realized that truth, and decided I liked the author's evenhanded approach to handing out snarky observations and sly throwaway takedowns, that I decided to just relax, go with the flow, and see this through to the end.

    So, the book is episodic, fast paced, a bit edgy, sometimes wise, and always just a touch vinegary. Everyone keeps crashing into everyone else, and I just couldn't look away. A surprise, and a tasty treat.

    (Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • booksofallkinds

    THE BRAZILIAN by Rosie Millard is a mad-cap, crazy, holiday adventure crammed full of quirky characters, hilarious drama, and sizzling attraction.

    The island of Ibiza becomes the focus of this motley crew of characters who are all there for different reasons. There are Jane and Patrick who are there for a family holiday even though they have both strayed, and they have brought a young neighbour to look after their young son George because a family holiday wouldn't be complete without staff. But

    THE BRAZILIAN by Rosie Millard is a mad-cap, crazy, holiday adventure crammed full of quirky characters, hilarious drama, and sizzling attraction.

    The island of Ibiza becomes the focus of this motley crew of characters who are all there for different reasons. There are Jane and Patrick who are there for a family holiday even though they have both strayed, and they have brought a young neighbour to look after their young son George because a family holiday wouldn't be complete without staff. But they don't know that their employee for the holidays has also managed to sneak her boyfriend over to Ibiza without their knowledge. After all, she can't be expected to work all the time?

    The island is also the setting for a group of wannabe and washed up celebrities who are filming for a daytime reality tv show, Ibiza or Bust. But as tensions rise among the group will they crew be able to control their charges, and when everyone on the island collides, who knows what could happen?

    THE BRAZILIAN by Rosie Millard made me laugh out loud and I raced through this story to see out it would all turn out. The characters are refreshing and a little hysterical but it all adds to the drama, and there is certainly plenty of that. So if you are looking for a fun and entertaining story, THE BRAZILIAN by Rosie Millard is a must!

    *I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

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