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The Generation Game [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Duffy
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Philippa Smith is in her forties and has a beautiful newborn baby girl. She also has no husband, and nowhere to turn. So she turns to the only place she knows: the beginning. Retracing her life, she confronts the daily obstacles that shaped her very existence.


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'Very powerful writing. Sophie draws her reader in immediately and combines wit and poignancy to very powerful effect... Excellent.' --Katie Fforde

'An extraordinary story...A born storyteller with a gift for characterisation, she writes with warmth, lovely earthy detail and a pathos which keeps a lump lodged in the throat...echoes of Victoria Wood.' --The Daily Mail

'A brave, bold, warm, rich, amusing, engaging novel which sits well alongside more established authors like Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum.' --Hello Magazine

About the Author

Sophie is the winner of the 2010 Luke Bitmead Writers Bursary and the Yeovil Literary Prize 2006. 'The Generation Game' was her debut novel and is inspired by Sophie's childhood growing up in a sweet shop in Torquay. As part of Creative Writing Matters, Sophie appraises manuscripts, runs workshops and mentors novelists. She lives by the seaside in Devon with her husband, three teenagers and two Tibetan Terriors. She can often be found in her shed at the bottom of the garden.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (30 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908248017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908248015
  • ASIN: B0091T61CW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sophie is the winner of the 2010 Luke Bitmead Writers Bursary and the Yeovil Literary Prize 2006.

'The Generation Game' is her debut novel and is inspired by Sophie's childhood growing up in a sweet shop in Torquay. Her second novel, 'This Holey Life', is about a reluctant curate's wife. Both are published by Legend Press.

As part of Creative Writing Matters, Sophie appraises manuscripts, runs workshops and mentors novelists.

She lives by the seaside in Devon with her husband, three teenagers and two Tibetan Terriors. She can often be found in her shed at the bottom of the garden.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 14 Dec. 2011
Format:Paperback
Despite being funny and easy to read this book is in fact a very cleverly put together novel. The plot contains a few surprises that shocked and impressed me without ever feeling contrived. It has a clever parallel timeline which takes us through the main character, Phillipa's life from childhood to adulthood.

I read The Generation Game over two days. I started it on Saturday afternoon and didn't stop reading until 2 the next morning; this took me three quarters of the way through the book. When I woke up I devoured the rest and was gripped all the way. I had laughed out loud a few times (which I don't do often) and was incredibly touched and moved at other points.

I loved the flashback to the 70s and the 80s and I also loved the crazy and wonderful family that Phillipa acquires in Torquay. For me this is the real charm of this book - I challenge you not to fall in love with Wink and Bob. You won't be able to help yourself any more than I was.

Read it! But once you have started don't expect to get much else done until you reach the end.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Novel 1 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In The Generation Game Sophie Duffy creates characters so real that long after I finished reading I could imagine them, in Devon, going about their lives. This beautiful and skillfully written novel takes us on the journey of Phillipa's life, her heartaches, her courage and her triumphs. The seemingly ordinary people around her do extraordinary things, their hearts and lives entwined forever with hers. This writer achieves that difficult nack of combining comedy and sorrow without either one becoming dominant or contrived. The title is perfect and those who remember the television game show of the same name will find memories resurfacing. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel to anyone who loves a thoroughly good story and characters to fall in love with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Philippa has just given birth but she has no partner and can't see what might happen in the future so she relives her life in a series of chapters headed by the titles of TV gameshows.

The first thing to say is that if you grew up during the 1970s and 80s this book will remind you of so many things from your childhood, especially the TV programmes. Thankfully, the book only uses the titles of the gameshows as chapter headings where appropriate and doesn't use the gameshow theme in the book itself other than in the Generation Game (that sequence really brought back some Saturday night memories !).

The theme of this book seems to be that family is what you define it to be and that nothing is really as it seems. The secrets which the characters hold are fascinating and the story continually throws up new surprises. I laughed and I cried whilst reading this book and I was totally engrossed in it. I highly recommend it for readers of Rosie Thomas, Susan Lewis and other similar authors. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 25 Mar. 2015
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This is such a good book, the best read I have had for a while. Bittersweet, nostalgic and I loved every word. It is so well written, with clever prose and descriptions of decades and events that are part of my past too. I warmed to Philippa, her unconventional upbringing and was moved by some of the things she went through. I would definitely (and have) recommend this to my friends to read. One of the negative reviewers said they found it hard to relate to the story being told through the "voice" of a baby. Why not? It makes it stand out from the other books that grace our bookshops. It's Philippa's story and as such, it needs to be her voice, as she grows up and develops. Black Beauty is written from the animal's point of view (another classic story), that is what sets that book apart too. Read this brilliant book, absorb Philippa's life, her friends and the quirky characters in her life. Quite simply amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play the Generation Game. 20 July 2014
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I bought this on Kindle soon after it was recommended and was not disappointed. Structured to follow two time lines tied in with real events and British television programmes. I especially enjoyed the child's eye view of events,subtly changing as she understands the adult world more. Complex strands gradually weave together and the two time lines merge. An amusing and satisfying read.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and Lies 16 Aug. 2011
By Lally
Format:Paperback
This is an astonishingly assured and intricately plotted novel from a debut author. It held me in its narrative grip from the first page to the last, as the heroine Philippa unravelled the mysteries of her past and worked out what (and who) she wanted in life.

The author's style is engaging and wryly funny, making me laugh out loud one minute, but later moving me to tears. It's not easy to write about the death of a child (is it, Charles Dickens?) without sounding sentimental or maudlin, but Sophie Duffy manages to do this in some genuinely moving and heart-rending scenes. I'll never look at an old tin box in quite the same way again.

If you loved One Day by David Nicholls, you'll also love this book, because both authors tell the truth about the tragi-comedy of love and life. A five star debut - am really looking forward to seeing what this author does next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic First Book - A Must Read 31 Oct. 2011
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If you don't have time to read anything else read this - you won't regret it. It was recommended to me by a friend and so I bought it to take in holiday with me. I couldn't put it down.....the story grips you in such a manner that you want to know what happens next.

The book starts with a 40 year old deciding to tell her own baby her story and how they have arrived at "today". Along the way you peek into her life and it's events and how this events colour her life, loss, love, friendships, happiness, sadness ....

It is a snap shot loaded with memories of growing up in the 1970s/80s, which perhaps makes it easy for some of us to relate to, prodding our own memories of that era.

Looking forward to book number 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising twist
I found this book rather slow to get into but the second half was much more compelling.I enjoyed the end which was a surprise.
Published 1 month ago by bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable flawed protagonist
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Good book with twists and turns that eventually lead to a neatly knitted story!
Published 2 months ago by Mr. N. C. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars ... it isn't my usual type of read I did enjoy it. It is a very easy...
Have just read The Generation Game and although it isn't my usual type of read I did enjoy it. It is a very easy read with a twist at the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, heart-warming and a page turner!
This book was un-put-downable! Maybe because I could empathise with the central character so much, the music, the clothes, the TV programmes and that time when society did trust... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alison Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and didn't expect the end, easy read that keeps you wanting to find out how/why a mother would desert her child.
Published 3 months ago by E. Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice read with insights into odd family life in all its oddities.
Published 4 months ago by Mo Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light read ,
Enjoyable light read, funny in parts unbelievable but unbelievable at the same time gets a bit mixed up but you figure it out I was surprised I enjoyed it
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