Woman of the Hour by Jane Lythell

About this book…

Meet Liz Lyon: respected TV producer, stressed-out executive, guilty single mother… woman of the hour.

StoryWorld is the nation’s favourite morning show, and producer Liz Lyon wants to keep it that way. Her job is to turn real-life stories into thrilling TV – and keep a lid on the scandals and backbiting that happen off-stage.

But then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a game of one-upmanship where she doesn’t know the rules. As the power struggle intensifies, can Liz keep her cool and keep her job? Does she even want to?

In this gripping novel of power, rivalry and betrayal, Jane Lythell draws on her experiences of working in the glamorous, pressurised world of live TV.

My review…

I was rather excited to get an ARC of Woman of the Hour as I’ve read and enjoyed Jane Lythell’s previous two books. This one is a slight departure in a way, as it isn’t a dark psychological suspense but more a fascinating insight into the world of one woman and her struggle to maintain the balance between her home and work life.

Liz works at StoryWorld, a daytime tv magazine style programme and what a backstabbing, vicious world to work in it appears! Full of ambitious two faced people, who all seem to have their own agenda and haven’t seemed to hear the term ” team work”. Now I’m sure this is quite an extreme example of this type of show but knowing that Jane Lythell has a lot of background experience of this environment, I’m sure there is a smidgen of truth there!! In fact I felt that Jane has really found her niche here as she writes with a fierce confidence and style that I haven’t felt before. I have a feeling there is a lot of Jane in this novel and it came across as a very personal writing journey for her. Liz was such an interesting character and I loved the differences between “work Liz” and “home Liz”. Splitting the story into the work and home chapters kept up the momentum with a seamless transition between the two. And I loved all the foodie descriptions, a lot of my most favourite foods were there and “home Liz” did what most mum’s do in times of stress, wipes up a batch of comfort food.

The last third of the book was probably the most engaging for me once all the niggles between the main characters started to come to a head. But I feel there is plenty more to come there, and I’m especially keen to find out how Fizzy gets on. And as I think this is going to be the start of a series I’m sure I will.

There is a lot to like in this book (the discussion about Marnie was an unexpected pleasure) and I look forward to reading more of the same in the future.

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Woman of the Hour (StoryWorld) is published on 14th July 2016 and is available here at Amazon UK

About Jane Lythell…

My third novel WOMAN OF THE HOUR will be published in July 61iC6v30xyL._SY100_2016 and is an insider’s account of life at a London TV station with all the monster egos and drama that entails.
My second novel AFTER THE STORM has been described as Marine Noir which is rather apt as it is about a couple who get on a small boat with two strangers who have offered to sail them to a paradise island. But dream holiday it is not.
My first novel THE LIE OF YOU has the tagline: One woman’s fear is another woman’s weapon and is a psychological thriller.
I live in Brighton, UK and am a sea-lover, star gazer, film and football fan. I worked as a television producer for fifteen years. I then moved to the British Film Institute as Deputy Director, did one year as Chief Executive of BAFTA (miserable) followed by seven years at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (interesting). I now write full time.
I love to hear from readers and you can find me here:
Twitter: @janelythell
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My blog: http://chroniclesofchloegreene.blogspot.co.uk/
I am a member of The Prime Writers group: http://theprimewriters.com/
Author photos by Manu Palomeque and Patrick Tsui.
Author video by Amelia Trevette.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

4 thoughts on “Woman of the Hour by Jane Lythell”

  1. I was recently at a talk given by Jane on characterisation and she was talking about this book – I’m glad you liked it. It certainly seemed to me to be the one I’d most enjoy of the three she has written so far.

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    1. That sounds like a fascinating talk, wish I could have been there! Yes this is definitely rather different to the other two but it seems a much more comfortable and confident book from Jane, more characters than usual to have fun with! 😊

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