Sail Away Epub Þ Paperback

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10 thoughts on “Sail Away

  1. Carrie Carrie says:

    Sail Away by Celia Imrie is a contemporary story with a bit of mystery involved The book follows two different women as they both go about their lives with their paths being drawn together and crossingSuzy Marshall is an out of work actress that finds that jobs get harder and harder to obtain now that she is in her sixties despite being on popular programs years before When her agent contacts her with an opportunity she immediately gets excited thinking she will finally have something to pay the bills but when things fall through Suzy ends up finding work aboard a cruiseAmanda Herbert has also fond herself in a bit of a bind now that she’s older Planning to sell the home she had raised her children in she never expected the flat she had planned on moving to to fall through But with both of her adult children unable to help and no where to go Amanda finds that it would be much cheaper to board a cruise for the weeks she needs a home than to stay at a hotelBeing a lover of cruising of course I had to pick up this title as soon as I saw it if for nothing else than to see what this author does with a story aboard a cruise ship After reading I have to say the actual story of Suzy and Amanda was uite interesting with a bit of a mystery going on with my only drawback being it did move a bit slowlyHowever as far as the cruising side I kept finding little details that didn’t add up to me along with times that the story lost the feel of the setting completely and could have taken place anywhere Now as far as not feeling authentic to me I have only cruised out of the US and on bigger lines so it could be a case of not familiar with this type of shipcruise though Along with the setting side though this review copy had a ton of errors which normally I’d overlook but that also brought my rating down a tad and led to this just being an OK read for meI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor review please visit


  2. Sally Whitehead Sally Whitehead says:

    I received this as part of a Goodreads GiveawayThe opening section was great fun and I read the first 100 or so pages really uickly it was all just the right side of camp and theatricalHowever by the final 100 pages I was ready to throw myself overboard as I found myself stuck on this ship with a melodramatic plotline being laboriously dragged out for far longer than necessary It all seemed to sort of lose sense of what it wanted to be farcical comedy? Why then throw in themes of a much darker and grimmer nature which were utterly ill fitting and could never be dealt with in anything other than a reductive nature alongside such silly high jinks The characters' needless and incessant rehashing of events and bizarre little incidental character traits Miriam bloody Malaprop just served to irritate and grate by the endAn oddly champagne flavoured crime melodrama I remember now why I don't like champagne Too many bubbles and gives me a headache


  3. AnnaG AnnaG says:

    Celia Imrie is an excellent actress but I found her writing in this book mediocre The plot is somewhat convoluted at first as she tried valiantly to make up sensible reasons why all of her characters have ended up on the same boat and after that it chases itself round in circles a bit with people being able to fake IDs and identities with ease


  4. Clare Clare says:

    Listened to in audio formatSail Away is the third book I have listened to from actress Celia Imrie After listening to her last two books Not uite Nice and Nice Work she became one of my go to authors When I saw she had released a third book I had to buy itLike Suzy and Amanda I have also been on a voyage from Dover to New York The authors descriptions of the cruise ship were very realistic and I could imagine myself on board The Blue MermaidThe plot of Sail Away was actually uite complex with some dark undertones My favourite characters were actress Suzy Marshall who left stranded in Zurich Penniless she had to become a drama teacher on The Blue Mermaid to get home to London I also liked fellow Jason who had to become a GHOST Gentleman Host to get homeI enjoyed this very English comedy with an edge


  5. Rachel Gilbey Rachel Gilbey says:

    It seemed rather apt to read a book featuring a cruise ship while on board a boat trip myselfI loved getting to know both Suzy and Amanda even before their path crossed and everything became that bit complicated They are both women of an older generation and through circumstances have decided that this trans Atlantic cruise is the best thing they can do for the time being one of them as its offering her work and the other as she is sort of between homes as her house buying chain wavers Although some of the connections between them seemed uite obvious there are plenty of twists and turns in this funny book I was enthralled by what I was reading and really did enjoy the story even if at times the plot became slightly convoluted An enjoyable holiday read which brightened up my boat trip


  6. Franziska Self fisken Franziska Self fisken says:

    Light hearted fast paced amusing romp starring 2 60 odd Englishwomen whose lives become entwined due to a scoundrel Humorous rather than witty I shall certainly happily read books by Celia ImrieI enjoyed reading yet another book with elderly heroines Am realising that this is the new genre for fiction and films just as romantic fiction featuring tired middle aged divorcees appeared circa twenty years ago Will I await fiction featuring 80 year olds in the 2030's?


  7. Samantha Samantha says:

    My first novel by this immensely talented actress who now is becoming an immensely talented author A light hearted fun farce based around the antics of a couple of 60 ish women who both find themselves on a cruise ship for different reasons that lead their lives to be linked together I liked Imrie's style of writing obviously dipping into her vast theatrical background and using her great sense of humour to deliver an enjoyable fun readLots happening in this book; likeable characters that work well together if I have one criticism it would be that it does tend to be strung out a little and does ask that you be patient until it all unravels I did guess who the mysterious Karl really was fairly early on but it didn't detract from the story that was well thought out and tidied up all the ends satisfactorilyIt was uite refreshing to have the majority of the characters being 60 ish who showed they were certainly not past a bit of fun and mystery a good holiday read I look forward to reading novels by Celia Imrie this one gets a 4 stars from me


  8. Elisha Condie Elisha Condie says:

    Celia Imrie writes books? I had no idea And they are pretty fun Or at least this one was It wasn't anything serious or heavy but I liked it It's about Suzy an older actress who joins a company for The Importance of Being Earnest in Germany which suddenly gets inexplicably cancelled and she finds work on a cruise ship lecturing to get home and Amanda a sixty something grandmother who finds herself between apartments and hops on the same cruise ship to pass the time There is a mystery and their stories intersect and there's the nice supporting cast of B characters and a bad guy who you know is lurking but it takes a bit to find him I enjoyed it it's just the right kind of book to read on a vacation


  9. Megan Jones Megan Jones says:

    Suzy Marshall is discovering that acting for a woman over sixty is a struggle When she is offered the role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in Zurich she jumps at the chance Until the play is abruptly suspended and she is stranded In desperate circumstances Suzy takes a job on a cruise ship to get home Meanwhile Amanda Herbert finds herself homeless in rainy Clapham Her flat purchase has fallen through and she is faced with exorbitant hotel fees Then she spots an advertisement for an Atlantic cruise and realises a few weeks on a cruise will save her money and be an adventure As the two women set sail neither can predict the strange characters and dodgy dealings they will encounter and neither can foresee how their lives will intertwine The latest read from Imrie is utterly enjoyable a so much fun to read I enjoyed the set up for the plot but the book really takes off when we are on board the cruise ship Suddenly there is a lot going on and a lot fun to be had The plot for 'Sail Away' is very enjoyable and very humorous and I expect nothing less from Imrie This is different in that there is a darker tinge to the plot I will not spoil it by specifying but Imrie certainly adds plot threads of a serious nature and I thoroughly approve of her doing so I particularly enjoyed Imrie's views on social situations especially those of ageing actors Imrie weaves her views into the plot seamlesslyThe plot itself is divine but so too are the characters Suzy and Amanda are both very realistic likeable and well developed characters whom I enjoyed reading about We see them down on their luck and them making the best of bad situations and it was entertaining and humorous and overall a joy The other characters are all worthy of being included as well some are likeable than others and of course some are there to be the bad guys all of them have their moments to shine and I enjoyed curling up with them for a few hours 'Sail Away' is yet another entertaining humorous read from Imrie and one that will definitely provide you with absorbing exciting reading 


  10. Susan Susan says:

    Suzy is an unemployed actress of a certain age desperate for a job who finds herself lecturing on a cruise ship after a strange and unpleasant gig in Zurich falls through Amanda is a widow who has just sold her house but whose plans for moving into an apartment have fallen through She finds herself on the same cruise Then there's Jason who swears he's not responsible for the debacle in Zurich and who takes a job on the ship as a gentleman host dancing with unescorted women What could happen as they cross the stormy north Atlantic? Well someone is responsible for all the problems they've had and they learn that just maybe there is to the situation than they had realized


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Sail Away ❰BOOKS❯ ✮ Sail Away Author Celia Imrie – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The deliciously effervescent new novel from Celia Imrie beloved character actress and author of Not uite Nice follows the exploits of two women on a cruise shipThe phone hasn’t rung for months Suzy The deliciously effervescent new novel from Celia Imrie beloved character actress and author of Not uite Nice follows the exploits of two women on a cruise shipThe phone hasn’t rung for months Suzy Marshall is discovering that work can be sluggish for an actress over sixty—even for the star of a wildly popular s TV series So when her agent offers her the plum role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in Zurich it seems like a godsend Until that is the play is abruptly cancelled under suspicious circumstances and Suzy is forced to take a job on a cruise ship to get homeMeanwhile Amanda Herbert finds herself homeless in rainy Clapham The purchase of her new apartment has fallen through and her children are absorbed in their own dramas Then she spots an advertisement for an Atlantic cruise and realizes that three weeks onboard would tide her over and save her money until her housing situation is resolvedAs the two women set sail on a new adventure neither can possibly predict the uestionable characters and strange dealings they will encounter nor the unexpected rewards they will reap Vividly evoking the old world glamour of a cruise ship—and the complex politics of its staff uarters— Sail Away is at once a hilarious romp and a thrilling adventure.

  • Paperback
  • 364 pages
  • Sail Away
  • Celia Imrie
  • English
  • 01 May 2016
  • 9781635571837

About the Author: Celia Imrie

Celia Imrie is an English actress.


10 thoughts on “Sail Away

  1. Carrie Carrie says:

    Sail Away by Celia Imrie is a contemporary story with a bit of mystery involved The book follows two different women as they both go about their lives with their paths being drawn together and crossingSuzy Marshall is an out of work actress that finds that jobs get harder and harder to obtain now that she is in her sixties despite being on popular programs years before When her agent contacts her with an opportunity she immediately gets excited thinking she will finally have something to pay the bills but when things fall through Suzy ends up finding work aboard a cruiseAmanda Herbert has also fond herself in a bit of a bind now that she’s older Planning to sell the home she had raised her children in she never expected the flat she had planned on moving to to fall through But with both of her adult children unable to help and no where to go Amanda finds that it would be much cheaper to board a cruise for the weeks she needs a home than to stay at a hotelBeing a lover of cruising of course I had to pick up this title as soon as I saw it if for nothing else than to see what this author does with a story aboard a cruise ship After reading I have to say the actual story of Suzy and Amanda was uite interesting with a bit of a mystery going on with my only drawback being it did move a bit slowlyHowever as far as the cruising side I kept finding little details that didn’t add up to me along with times that the story lost the feel of the setting completely and could have taken place anywhere Now as far as not feeling authentic to me I have only cruised out of the US and on bigger lines so it could be a case of not familiar with this type of shipcruise though Along with the setting side though this review copy had a ton of errors which normally I’d overlook but that also brought my rating down a tad and led to this just being an OK read for meI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor review please visit

  2. Sally Whitehead Sally Whitehead says:

    I received this as part of a Goodreads GiveawayThe opening section was great fun and I read the first 100 or so pages really uickly it was all just the right side of camp and theatricalHowever by the final 100 pages I was ready to throw myself overboard as I found myself stuck on this ship with a melodramatic plotline being laboriously dragged out for far longer than necessary It all seemed to sort of lose sense of what it wanted to be farcical comedy? Why then throw in themes of a much darker and grimmer nature which were utterly ill fitting and could never be dealt with in anything other than a reductive nature alongside such silly high jinks The characters' needless and incessant rehashing of events and bizarre little incidental character traits Miriam bloody Malaprop just served to irritate and grate by the endAn oddly champagne flavoured crime melodrama I remember now why I don't like champagne Too many bubbles and gives me a headache

  3. AnnaG AnnaG says:

    Celia Imrie is an excellent actress but I found her writing in this book mediocre The plot is somewhat convoluted at first as she tried valiantly to make up sensible reasons why all of her characters have ended up on the same boat and after that it chases itself round in circles a bit with people being able to fake IDs and identities with ease

  4. Clare Clare says:

    Listened to in audio formatSail Away is the third book I have listened to from actress Celia Imrie After listening to her last two books Not uite Nice and Nice Work she became one of my go to authors When I saw she had released a third book I had to buy itLike Suzy and Amanda I have also been on a voyage from Dover to New York The authors descriptions of the cruise ship were very realistic and I could imagine myself on board The Blue MermaidThe plot of Sail Away was actually uite complex with some dark undertones My favourite characters were actress Suzy Marshall who left stranded in Zurich Penniless she had to become a drama teacher on The Blue Mermaid to get home to London I also liked fellow Jason who had to become a GHOST Gentleman Host to get homeI enjoyed this very English comedy with an edge

  5. Rachel Gilbey Rachel Gilbey says:

    It seemed rather apt to read a book featuring a cruise ship while on board a boat trip myselfI loved getting to know both Suzy and Amanda even before their path crossed and everything became that bit complicated They are both women of an older generation and through circumstances have decided that this trans Atlantic cruise is the best thing they can do for the time being one of them as its offering her work and the other as she is sort of between homes as her house buying chain wavers Although some of the connections between them seemed uite obvious there are plenty of twists and turns in this funny book I was enthralled by what I was reading and really did enjoy the story even if at times the plot became slightly convoluted An enjoyable holiday read which brightened up my boat trip

  6. Franziska Self fisken Franziska Self fisken says:

    Light hearted fast paced amusing romp starring 2 60 odd Englishwomen whose lives become entwined due to a scoundrel Humorous rather than witty I shall certainly happily read books by Celia ImrieI enjoyed reading yet another book with elderly heroines Am realising that this is the new genre for fiction and films just as romantic fiction featuring tired middle aged divorcees appeared circa twenty years ago Will I await fiction featuring 80 year olds in the 2030's?

  7. Samantha Samantha says:

    My first novel by this immensely talented actress who now is becoming an immensely talented author A light hearted fun farce based around the antics of a couple of 60 ish women who both find themselves on a cruise ship for different reasons that lead their lives to be linked together I liked Imrie's style of writing obviously dipping into her vast theatrical background and using her great sense of humour to deliver an enjoyable fun readLots happening in this book; likeable characters that work well together if I have one criticism it would be that it does tend to be strung out a little and does ask that you be patient until it all unravels I did guess who the mysterious Karl really was fairly early on but it didn't detract from the story that was well thought out and tidied up all the ends satisfactorilyIt was uite refreshing to have the majority of the characters being 60 ish who showed they were certainly not past a bit of fun and mystery a good holiday read I look forward to reading novels by Celia Imrie this one gets a 4 stars from me

  8. Elisha Condie Elisha Condie says:

    Celia Imrie writes books? I had no idea And they are pretty fun Or at least this one was It wasn't anything serious or heavy but I liked it It's about Suzy an older actress who joins a company for The Importance of Being Earnest in Germany which suddenly gets inexplicably cancelled and she finds work on a cruise ship lecturing to get home and Amanda a sixty something grandmother who finds herself between apartments and hops on the same cruise ship to pass the time There is a mystery and their stories intersect and there's the nice supporting cast of B characters and a bad guy who you know is lurking but it takes a bit to find him I enjoyed it it's just the right kind of book to read on a vacation

  9. Megan Jones Megan Jones says:

    Suzy Marshall is discovering that acting for a woman over sixty is a struggle When she is offered the role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in Zurich she jumps at the chance Until the play is abruptly suspended and she is stranded In desperate circumstances Suzy takes a job on a cruise ship to get home Meanwhile Amanda Herbert finds herself homeless in rainy Clapham Her flat purchase has fallen through and she is faced with exorbitant hotel fees Then she spots an advertisement for an Atlantic cruise and realises a few weeks on a cruise will save her money and be an adventure As the two women set sail neither can predict the strange characters and dodgy dealings they will encounter and neither can foresee how their lives will intertwine The latest read from Imrie is utterly enjoyable a so much fun to read I enjoyed the set up for the plot but the book really takes off when we are on board the cruise ship Suddenly there is a lot going on and a lot fun to be had The plot for 'Sail Away' is very enjoyable and very humorous and I expect nothing less from Imrie This is different in that there is a darker tinge to the plot I will not spoil it by specifying but Imrie certainly adds plot threads of a serious nature and I thoroughly approve of her doing so I particularly enjoyed Imrie's views on social situations especially those of ageing actors Imrie weaves her views into the plot seamlesslyThe plot itself is divine but so too are the characters Suzy and Amanda are both very realistic likeable and well developed characters whom I enjoyed reading about We see them down on their luck and them making the best of bad situations and it was entertaining and humorous and overall a joy The other characters are all worthy of being included as well some are likeable than others and of course some are there to be the bad guys all of them have their moments to shine and I enjoyed curling up with them for a few hours 'Sail Away' is yet another entertaining humorous read from Imrie and one that will definitely provide you with absorbing exciting reading 

  10. Susan Susan says:

    Suzy is an unemployed actress of a certain age desperate for a job who finds herself lecturing on a cruise ship after a strange and unpleasant gig in Zurich falls through Amanda is a widow who has just sold her house but whose plans for moving into an apartment have fallen through She finds herself on the same cruise Then there's Jason who swears he's not responsible for the debacle in Zurich and who takes a job on the ship as a gentleman host dancing with unescorted women What could happen as they cross the stormy north Atlantic? Well someone is responsible for all the problems they've had and they learn that just maybe there is to the situation than they had realized

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