Take a Chance

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 May, 2006, 12:00am

Take a Chance

by Sarah Webb

Pan, $90

Without Abba we wouldn't have Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Muriel's Wedding or Mamma Mia. And Take a Chance would probably be still-born. That's to say, we would have fewer opportunities for silliness and authors such as Sarah Webb would have to look elsewhere for inspiration. Having lived through and loved the Swedish megagroup, Webb writes convincingly on the subject of tribute band AbbaFab. When a member, Gemma, breaks her ankle on stage, younger sister Mia is forced to fill her white platform boots. With something to prove, she sprays on the hot pants, dons the big hair and forgets her real life as a timid piano teacher. Of course, there are subplots of chick-lit significance. Mia's best friend, for instance, finds herself single again after her boyfriend walks out, and her other big sister, Wendy, is harbouring a secret that could prove to be the band's downfall. Dublin-based Webb, who spins out novels at the rate Abba notched up No1s in its heyday, is in familiar territory and it shows. Light and breezy, Take a Chance is one to read for pure entertainment ... with the music on.