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Looking for Slice-of-Life humour, musings easily relate-able, tales that 'crack you up'? For an easy read that will have you chuckling long after you've read the last page, you've come to the right place! THAT'S NOT ALL. I've also written a light science fiction novel. Click to see a sneak preview of The AL-EX Project (alTERNATIVE exISTENCE) Testing the limits of dream control.

Background Information

ABOUT ME I started out writing diaries from when I was in my teens.  Chiefly they were either about the men that came and went in my life, or my weight issues.The entries were extremely funny given my dry wit bordering on the ridiculous with a spattering of sarcasm, but also my way of looking at the funny side of serious aspects of ordinary life

In later years and still battling the bulge, I started putting my diary entries together  - the situation with men basically resolved itself  (I just avoid them like the plague, really, oh well, some of the time and after all we women DO have our needs because that shelf won't put itself up...just joking!) but the weight thing was a different kettle of fish - ongoing; a work in progress, spanning a life time...and I knew I wasn't alone.

HOW THE FAT BAG CAME ABOUT During yet another one of my dieting efforts, THE FAT BAG stuck between a rock cake & a hard plaice was born.  I utilised my real-life experiences, and a play on words resonates throughout the whole book in chapters entitled "This Little Piggie Went to Town", "All Menus Are Not Created Equal", My Cup Runneth Over", and "Who Said Less is More?"

I wanted to put it out there that this is an issue that a lot of people can relate to. 

Other amusing chapters capture the essense of the fact that many have "Been There, Done That, & Bulged Out of the Tee Shirt", everything you're not allowed to have is just so "Finger-Lickin' Good" but as the old saying goes: "What Don't Kill Will Fatten!"

I penned these humerous chapters out of sheer pleasure.  I even made myself laugh, and I found them therapeutic when looking back at my past efforts, wondering where my head was at and how despearate I became, as well as asking myself why it seems I was at the back of the queue when they were handing out the will power and the commonsense.

But, it's not a tale of woe.  There are no quick-fixes, granted, but the truth is laid bare in a heart-warming story in which lies a sheer enjoyment and entertainment factor.

Please note: This is NOT a dieting book that will help you to lose weight or give any reasonable dieting advice.



Best wishes.  PB

Birth Place
London,  UK

Passed my counselling studies with flying colours
Qualified as a First-Aider
Appeared as a guest on a Channel 4 programme in 2011 about Crash Diets and their adverse effects

Had a Feature in the local guardian about my book under the heading "Tooting Author Relaunches Dieting Book"

Additional Information

Pearl Barley...In The Soup Again? Although I didn't plan to write anything further, but because of the popularity of The Fat Bag stuck between a rock cake & a hard plaice, I've now nearly completed the continuing story - covering the bases I feel I missed in the first book. WAIST NOT; WANT NOT! And I put back on all the weight I lost before. There's still my abject love of all food and my continuing loathing of all exercise but now I have age-related issues to contend with as well (greying hair, which doesn't make a woman look 'distinguished', laughter lines without the laughter, and a crick in my knee that gives me merry-hell when the weather is cold, to name but a few). So I'm being 'got-at' from all sides and of course the battle of the bulge is far from over! The chapters are awaiting editing and I'm racking my brains to come up with an amusing title with a similar play on words. To be sure, the sequel aims to be even more entertaining. Hoping to get it published by early summer 2013.

Favorite Links

The Fat Bag Stuck Between a Rock Cake ...
Each rant and rave in the chapters is an honest down-to-earth look at the struggles and the sheer torture one can put oneself through just to feel good when stepping on the scales.

Pearl Barley's I love food Webpage
Welcome to the real world of my dieting experiences, where I, Pearl Barley tell it like it is with no frills.

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For more detail, described as science fiction in its lightest form, an amusing foray into the investigation, interpretation and manipulation of dreams, check out the first five-star review of the AL-EX project (alTERNATIVE exISTENCE) Testing the limits of dream control.

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