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Acting Up [Kindle Edition]

Libby Purves
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The Andersons are a military family with honours and traditions stretching back two hundred years. When the second Iraq war breaks out, it is only natural that their newest generations should be represented in the ranks of British officers: at 24, Lieutenant Susie Anderson delays her wedding to handsome fellow-officer Callum and joins her regiment on the hot sands of Kuwait. Brother Francis, meanwhile, continues his cabaret career as Madam Fanny Fantoni, drag chanteuse and net-stockinged vamp, with a stinging line in repartee and the most remarkable falsetto top C in Clapham. As the neighbours agree, it must be terribly difficult for their poor parents, especially the General. Real difficulties come, though, when Callum comes home injured, altered and bitter, and Susie and her family feel as though their lives are shattered. The solution to this tangle comes from the most unlikely source of all.



Set against a background of desert war, seedy clubs, a hippie sailing-ship and quiet English village life, Libby Purves' latest novel is a commentary on changing social roles, the nature of courage and the futility of prejudice.



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An eclectic mix of meticulously researched settings . . . Purves's prose is clear and unfussy (Observer)

Convincing and enjoyable . . . there is a warmth and sincerity about this novel that makes one care about its outcome. (Sunday Telegraph)

A joy to read (Good Book Guide)

Book Description

Set against a background of desert war, seedy clubs, a hippie sailing-ship and quiet English village life, Libby Purves' latest novel is a commentary on changing social roles, the nature of courage and the futility of prejudice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00713AUNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gallantry; the battle with oneself 5 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is one of Libby Purves' better efforts. Military family, daughter Susie goes as officer to the Gulf, son Francis continues his career as a 'drag chanteuse.' Both show the inherited family courage, whether at war or under fire from a discontented audience - he insists on facing them again with a different act when he is booed off the stage. Francis also puts on what is described as his own private ENSA act when Susie's fiancé is sent home wounded from the gulf. Some sailing action for those who enjoy it and all - or at least most - of the different characters face trials with guts and kindness. There's even a happy ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A warm, unlikely mix. Cherish it. 26 Mar. 2005
Format:Paperback
I heartily recommend this book. I read it over two days on holiday. This book talks to both men and women.
Obstensibly about what happens when the second Iraq war interrupts the best laid marriage plans of Lieutenant Susie Anderson and her fiance and fellow officer Callum. When Callum returns home physically and emotionally injured all bets are off. Libby Purves carefully interweaves the storylines of Callum and Susie with that of Susie's unconventional brother Francis, the down-at-heel crew of a sail-teaching boat, and the concern of their parents. The potential for misunderstanding between parents and children, and some of the false assumptions grown up children often have of their parents are handled well. Events take place against the background of the Middle East, through Middle England, London, Portugal, the open sea, and culminate in the frenzy of the Edinburgh Festival. Unlikely angels rescue more than one of our heroes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fab Read 11 Oct. 2011
By BCP
Format:Hardcover
I love Libby Purves she writes so well and although this is not my favourite it still a good read. Book took 2 days to arrive and was in good condition.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A very ordinary book 31 Oct. 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is not in the same class as the other books I have read by Libby Purves. I would say it isn`t much better than a "Mills and Boon" novel. If this was the first Libby Purves book I had read there would certainly not be another!
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