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Learning To Swim

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As in life, the events in her books are at once comical ,endearing , brutally realistic and often tinged with some tragedy . It’s a story about friendship and inter-family relationships and although the pace is fairly slow at times the author draws you in with her descriptive style of writing.

In fact after I finished reading I was prompted to turn back to the beginning and examine the first 60 or so pages to make all the connections. You never know what goes on behind closed doors, and never has this been more true than in the story of Abigail Jex (née Onions) and her memories of her childhood friend Frances Radley. 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. And I found it strange that she started spending all her time with the Radleys, not to mention the fact that she never spoke to Abigail again after she was broken-hearted and instead started going out with Rad all by herself. 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.Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. Perfect holiday reading, but I don't mean by that to disparage the writing or brand it as merely lightweight. Overall I really enjoyed it and would recommend it if you’re looking for a read that will take you back to navigating teenage friendships and family life. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. I am so glad I did, I really enjoyed the story and the way events unfold from the perspective of Abigail, the main character.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I also felt that Abigail let Rad off with way too much-I'm not sure I would have been that forgiving. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. 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. A pointless tragedy and exile to Australia dealt with two of them, while the others managed happy endings.It’s about love, friendship, and different types of family dynamics and how people chose to hide their feelings or try to ignore them. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Clare’s writing makes me feel like I am there as the character, and therefore invested in what happens. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. In due course she went on to become a fiction and non-fiction editor there herself, until leaving to raise a family and concentrate on her own writing.The characters live through the consequences of every random and deliberate decision they have made.

I read Small Pleasures by the same author earlier this year and absolutely loved it so it was an easy decision to give this book a go. In the present day section too, there seemed to be more going on than was likely - a motor cycle accident, a fire.Of course, this probably made the book more romantic but I think it could have been just as good as story with less extraordinary drama. Clare began her career as a secretary at the publisher André Deutsch, when Diana Athill was still at the helm. The book is set in London and revolves around Abigail and her friendship with Frances who come from very different families.

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