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Nothing is quite what eleven year old Abigail realised, and we watch as she slowly becomes aware of the shifting nature of her relationships. A great read - I really enjoyed the witty, sardonic voice and found the characters rounded and likeable too. The characters live through the consequences of every random and deliberate decision they have made. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.

Clare began her career as a secretary at the publisher André Deutsch, when Diana Athill was still at the helm. Clare’s gift for storytelling and her quirky but incredibly accessible style make her novels a sheer joy to read. Abigail, the narrator and heroine, was a subtly interesting and very sympathetic character, and the wild Radley family (bad artist father, bread-winning elegant mother with a lover on the side, brooding melancholic son and lively,fun-loving daughter) were brilliantly realized.

It starts with a present situation and then goes back in time for most of the book until everything is explained and you get back to where you started. When Abigail's friend and fellow musician, Grace, notices the awkwardness of their brief reunion, and later asks Abigail about Rad, Abigail shrugs it off and tells Grace that the whole Radley family were friends of hers but she has now lost contact with them. Some of the experiences of working for an eccentric, independent publisher in the pre-digital era found their way into her novel The Editor's Wife (Century, 2007). I wasn't glued to the book wanting to know what would happen next; instead I read it slowly as though savouring a good wine. I am so glad I did, I really enjoyed the story and the way events unfold from the perspective of Abigail, the main character.

Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. The book is set in London and revolves around Abigail and her friendship with Frances who come from very different families. There are two big surprises in the book that I didn’t see coming and the story was definitely better for them.Abigail thought she'd banished the ghost of her life with them and the catastrophe that ended it, but thirteen years later a chance encounter forces her to acknowledge that the spell is far from broken .

In the present day section too, there seemed to be more going on than was likely - a motor cycle accident, a fire.She has since written eight further novels, including Learning to Swim (Century 1998) which won the Romantic Novelists’ Association best novel award and was adapted as a Radio 4 play, and In a Good Light (Century 2004) which was longlisted for the Whitbread best novel prize.

The Radley’s were extraordinary, captivating creatures transplanted from a bohemian corner of North London to outer suburbia, and the young Abigail found herself drawn into their magic circle: the eccentric Frances, her new best friend; Frances’ mother, the liberated, headstrong Lexi; and of course the brilliant, beautiful Rad. Self-conscious introvert Abigail grows up as an honourary member of her friend Frances' chaotic household, where she takes pleasure in the excitement and spontaneity missing from her own family life. The themes are also similar: growing up, eccentric hippy parents, an older brother and some tragic events. An intelligent and escapist read - well written and funny" Daily Express "Modern, intelligently observed and highly original" Daily Mail "A spirited account of growing up and falling in love" Good Housekeeping "This delicious novel - is a joy from beginning to end - a perfect novel" Lisa Jewell "Engagingly written" Prima You may also be interested in.The party was being given by a girl at school, and in recognition of the shortage of available males we had all been instructed to “bring a boy. I bought this because it came up on the recommendations and after reading the blurb I thought I'd give it a go. Abigail, when we meet her, is a cellist in an established orchestra and it is not until she attends an after show party and is introduced to Marcus Radley that we start to get a glimpse into the life of this young woman. One thing I didn't love was the excessive dramatism and tragedy; I know what their goal was but I don't think it was necessary to go to such lengths. I had the sense that Clare Chambers' characters had taken over the plot and then left her in the lurch as to what to do with them.

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