According to Mum, it was only brainless films stars who got married these days. It certainly wasn't something to be considered before a woman hit her thirties, and even then it was a pretty risky idea.
Half way through a school-friend's funeral, 14-year-old Elin has an epiphany. Life's too short to waste on school - she wants to get married! Using her GCSE syllabus as a model, Elin embarks on a covert operation to be married by the time she's 16 - a quest that will take her from the Arctic Circle to the wilds of Southern Ireland. As she researches sex, ways of becoming a 'Woman of Maturity' and how to analyse men using Microsoft Excel, she discovers that transforming from 'A' grade student into 'A' grade wife is tough - particularly when everyone thinks she's going mad.
But Elin's not the sort of girl to be put off - even when the guy she picks up on the Internet turns out to be anything but Mr Right . . .
Pauline Fisk is the much-loved author of eight children's novels, including Sabrina Fludde and Midnight Blue which won the Smarties Prize and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award. Pauline has five children and lives in Shropshire. The Mrs Marridge Project is her first novel for Faber.