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  • Published: 16 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143573401
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $17.99

Dumplin'




With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs and a wildly unforgettable heroine – Dumplin' is guaranteed to steal your heart. And send you out to buy that bikini!







Willowdean Dickson (Dumplin', to her mum) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it.

But life as Willlow knows it is about to change, and when this happens she suffers an unaccustomed, and unwelcome, attack of self-doubt. In an effort to take back her confidence, she enters into the local Miss Teen Blue Bonner beauty pageant.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs and a wildly unforgettable heroine – Dumplin' is guaranteed to steal your heart. And send you out to buy that bikini!

  • Pub date: 16 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143573401
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $17.99

About the Author

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy has this to say about herself... I love pocket change, but I like to keep it in a jar, and not in my pocket. When I was little, I was on a bowling league. Moxie is my favorite word. If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy would be a photo booth. I like outerspace. I believe in karma. I'm terrified of cicadas. I love school. I don't pick up my house phone. I like getting mail. I'm the funniest person you know. 2+2=5. I live in Texas with my husband who loves me, my dog who adores me, and my cat who tolerates me. Baseball aficionado. Professional potty mouth obsessed with movie trailers. And movies, too. And books. DUH. Let's be friends.

Her first book Side Affects May Vary was published in 2014.

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Praise for Dumplin'

“I'm obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. Dumplin' is such a star.”

Kate Cotugno, author of How to Love


Awards & Recognition

  • Inky Awards

    Longlisted • 2016 • Silver Inky Award for an International Book


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