Dinner with the Schnabels

  • Author Toni Jordan
  • Narrator Ian Bliss
  • Publisher Hachette Australia
  • Run Time 9 hours and 31 minutes
  • Format Audio

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What to expect

‘I loved every page of this funny, warm, delightful novel!’ LIANE MORIARTY

‘With sharply observed characters and comic set-pieces to make you laugh out loud, Dinner with the Schnabels is great fun to read and casts a more mature and acerbic eye on modern masculinity.’ Sydney Morning Herald, Fiction Pick of the Week

Dinner with the Schnabels is a contemporary comic masterpiece. Practically every page boasts lines redolent of humour, wit and sarcasm that will make you snigger if not laugh out loud.’ ArtsHub

You can marry into them, but can you ever really be one of them?

A novel about marriage, love and family.

Things haven’t gone well for Simon Larsen lately. He adores his wife, Tansy, and his children, but since his business failed and he lost the family home, he can’t seem to get off the couch.

His larger-than-life in-laws, the Schnabels – Tansy’s mother, sister and brother – won’t get off his case. To keep everyone happy, Simon needs to do one little job: he has a week to landscape a friend’s backyard for an important Schnabel family event.

But as the week progresses, Simon is derailed by the arrival of an unexpected house guest. Then he discovers Tansy is harbouring a secret. As his world spins out of control, who can Simon really count on when the chips are down?

Life with the Schnabels is messy, chaotic and joyful, and Dinner with the Schnabels is as heartwarming as it is outrageously funny.

Praise for Dinner with the Schnabels:

‘Hilarious.’ The Bookshelf (ABC Radio)

‘Told with great humour and pathos. It is a tonic and a delight.’ PIP WILLIAMS, author of The Dictionary of Lost Words

‘Just delightful . . . a modern comedy of manners that pokes affectionate fun at contemporary Australia – all with Toni’s trademark warmth, sensitivity and tenderness. I am pressing it into the hands of everyone I know.’ KATE FORSYTH

‘Toni Jordan at her finest – brilliantly observed and highly entertaining. I inhaled her words then snorted them out laughing!’ JOANNA NELL

‘Smart, tender, wise and hilarious. This is a dinner I didn’t want to leave.’ KATHRYN HEYMAN

‘A modern Melbourne Oscar Wilde comedy of family conundrums, perfect for David Nicholls and Beth O’Leary fans!’ DANIELLE BINKS

‘As heartwarming as it is outrageously funny.’ Herald Sun

‘A sparkling, clever novel . . . Toni Jordan is at her best here, rivalling Liane Moriarty (a fan) with her comic skewering of social mores, pacy plot, sharp characterisations and sly questioning of contemporary values’ In Daily

‘The only criticism I could possibly level at this novel is that it was near-impossible to put down . . . Dinner with the Schnabels is a 5-star read for sure. Run, don’t walk.’ The AU Review

‘This delicious story about family will be Jordan’s most-loved novel yet . . . Dinner with the Schnabels just makes my life feel easier – it makes me feel seen.’ Readings

‘Once again proving why Jordan is one of this country’s most exceptional writers.’ Better Reading

Praise for Toni Jordan:

‘Laugh-out-loud funny.’ The Australian Women’s Weekly

‘Crisp and clever.’ Saturday Paper

‘A moving comedy.’ Who Weekly

‘An emotionally rich domestic drama.’ The Australian

‘Pitch-perfect blend of intelligence, compassion and humour.’ The Guardian

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