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Small Pleasures: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 (English Edition) Kindle-editie
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021
'A WORD-OF-MOUTH HIT' Evening Standard
'A very fine book... It's witty and sharp and reads like something by Barbara Pym or Anita Brookner, without ever feeling like a pastiche'
'A wonderful novel. I loved it'
'Effortless to read, but every sentence lingers in the mind'
'This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I honestly don't want you to be without it'
'Gorgeous... If you're looking for something escapist and bittersweet, I could not recommend more'
'Remarkable... Small Pleasures is no small pleasure'
'An irresistible novel - wry, perceptive and quietly devastating'
Mail on Sunday
'Chambers' eye for undemonstrative details achieves a Larkin-esque lucidity'
'An almost flawlessly written tale of genuine, grown-up romantic anguish'
The Sunday Times
1957, the suburbs of South East London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on a local paper, trapped in a life of duty and disappointment from which there is no likelihood of escape.
When a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud.
As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean is suddenly given an unexpected chance at friendship, love and - possibly - happiness.
But there will, inevitably, be a price to pay.
Book of the Year for: The Times, Daily Telegraph,Evening Standard, Daily Express, Metro, Spectator, Red Magazine and Good Housekeeping
A brilliant book...A love story between people who are not usually the leading players in a love story...I found it incredibly absorbing.-- "Kathleen MacMahon, author of This Is How It Ends"
An almost flawlessly written tale of genuine, grown-up romantic anguish.-- "Sunday Times (London)"
An irresistible novel--wry, perceptive, and quietly devastating.-- "Mail on Sunday (London)" --Deze tekst verwijst naar de audioCD editie.
Over de auteur
Clare Chambers is the author of several books and whose awards include the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for Learning to Swim and the Stockport Book Award for Burning Secrets.
Karen Cass is a voice artist and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator of more than thirty audiobooks.--Deze tekst verwijst naar de audioCD editie.
- ASIN : B07S2S82S7
- Uitgever : Weidenfeld & Nicolson (9 juli 2020)
- Taal : Engels
- Bestandsgrootte : 4950 KB
- Tekst-naar-spraak : Ingeschakeld
- Schermlezer : Ondersteund
- Verbeterd lettertype : Ingeschakeld
- X-Ray : Ingeschakeld
- Word Wise : Ingeschakeld
- Printlengte : 357 pagina's
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #6,423 in Kindle Store (Top 100 in bekijkenKindle Store)
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A perceptively observed story which looks at the quiet, orderly life of a woman who is single not from choice, but from a lack of opportunity in finding the right man to marry, and who has to make do with the small pleasures of life amongst all of the mundanities. The author portrays well the suffocating effect that Jean's mother has on her daughter and how difficult it is for Jean to break free from her mother’s dependence on her and the resultant guilt she experiences when she does manage to get some time to herself. Ms Chambers also describes well the time period she has set her story in (I wasn’t alive in 1957, but the author's writing certainly appears very evocative of that time) and although, for the most part, this is essentially a gentle and slow-moving story, there are aspects to it that keep the reader guessing until the end and I was engaged from the first page to the last. A warm, involving and enjoyable read and one I would recommend.
I also found the end jarring. And perhaps just plain cruel to the characters and the reader - I’m not sure what purpose it really gave other than for us to realise that poor Jeans life would continue to be “bleak” in her own words.
No idea how the two true stories link together either. That could have been done much more sophisticatedly. A shame, this book had promise and I enjoyed parts. On reflection 3 stars is too generous so I’ve dropped to two!