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Always you edina [Kindle Edition]

V.G. Lee
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'Lee writes with unfailing warmth and wisdom about the comedy and complexity of childhood and family life. A real treat of a novel. I loved it.' --Sarah Waters

An often funny, at times bittersweet novel, Always You, Edina tells the story of endlessly good-natured child narrator Bonnie as she negotiates family and school life in 1960's Britain. Most memorable is her crush on popular classmate Joanna Bayliss, who is alternately encouraging and dismissive, and Bonnie's love for the Edina of the title, her darling, glamorous aunt, whose relationship with other family members proves to be far from simple. Through Bonnie, VG Lee beautifully explores the inner life of a clever but naive pre-teen, and is particularly perceptive about the nature of burgeoning romantic love during childhood, and a child's growing understanding of the complexities of adult relationships. As you'd expect from Lee, this is a warm-hearted novel, and at the centre of its warm heart is Bonnie's relationship with her cantankerous raisin-eyed Gran, whom, in the present day, 50 year-old Bonnie visits in a residential home. There are revalations and surprises to come from these meetings, and one in particular had me cheering out loud for Bonnie. Thoroughly enjoyable. --Diva Magazine

An often funny, at times bittersweet novel, Always You, Edina tells the story of endlessly good-natured child narrator Bonnie as she negotiates family and school life in 1960's Britain. Most memorable is her crush on popular classmate Joanna Bayliss, who is alternately encouraging and dismissive, and Bonnie's love for the Edina of the title, her darling, glamorous aunt, whose relationship with other family members proves to be far from simple. Through Bonnie, VG Lee beautifully explores the inner life of a clever but naive pre-teen, and is particularly perceptive about the nature of burgeoning romantic love during childhood, and a child's growing understanding of the complexities of adult relationships. As you'd expect from Lee, this is a warm-hearted novel, and at the centre of its warm heart is Bonnie's relationship with her cantankerous raisin-eyed Gran, whom, in the present day, 50 year-old Bonnie visits in a residential home. There are revalations and surprises to come from these meetings, and one in particular had me cheering out loud for Bonnie. Thoroughly enjoyable. --Diva Magazine

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At the beginning of VG Lee’s fourth novel, Always you, Edina, Bonnie Benson is visiting her grandmother in the Three Elms Nursing Home. ‘Your dad was very different,’ her grandmother tells her, ‘not so easy to fathom but he had...well I suppose you’d call it sex appeal. Not only did he have it, but he knew he had it'.
Suddenly a childhood memory is triggered taking Bonnie back over four decades to her ten-year-old self living with her family in Birmingham. It is 1964 and Prince Philip is about to open the newly constructed Bull Ring. Bonnie has three idols in her life; Joanna Bayliss, the most popular girl at her school; glamorous, charismatic Aunt Ed, who ‘could light up a room – if there was a man in that room’; and Bonnie’s father, Ken. Bonnie observes the close relationship between Ed and Ken without comprehending the tragic repercussions it will have on both families.

Reviews

‘Lee writes with unfailing warmth and wisdom about the comedy and complexity of childhood and family life. A real treat of a novel. I loved it.’

Sarah Waters

‘An often funny, at times bittersweet novel, Always you, Edina tells the story of endlessly good-natured child narrator Bonnie as she negotiates family and school life in 1960s Britain. Most memorable is her crush on popular classmate Joanna Bayliss, who is alternately encouraging and dismissive, and Bonnie’s love for the Edina of the title, her daring, glamorous aunt, whose relationship with other family members proves to be far from simple.’
Diva Magazine
About her work

'Funny and sad. Enchanting and beguiling. VG Lee reaches parts of me other comediennes can’t reach.'
Frances Gapper
'VG Lee is funny, smart, clever, witty, not afraid to be honest and poignant at the same time.'
Stella Duffy
Deadpan style that observes the humorous side of the casual cruelty inherent in human behaviour.'
Time Out
Biography:

VG Lee is an author and a stand-up comedian. She was born in Birmingham but has gradually worked her way southwards and now lives and writes in Hastings, East Sussex. She has published three novels; The Comedienne, Diva Books, 2001; The Woman in Beige, Diva Books, 2003; Diary of a Provincial Lesbian, Onlywomen Press, 2005; and a collection of short stories, As You Step Outside, Tollington Press, 2008.

Her work has appeared in Chroma, Magma, Poetry Review and Mslexia. More recently her short stories have been published in Boys & Girls and Men & Women, two anthologies from Glasshouse Books.
In 2009, to celebrate her sixtieth year, she decided to become a stand-up comedian and perform at sixty venues. Sixty venues became ninety and she was a runner-up in the prestigious ‘New Act of the Year 2010’ at the Hackney Empire. She has appeared twice at the Edinburgh Festival.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 412 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Ward Wood Publishing (30 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZDNQ5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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VG Lee is an author and stand-up comedian. She was born in Birmingham but has steadily made her way southwards and now lives in Hastings on the East Sussex coast. She has published four novels: 'The Comedienne', 'The Woman in Beige', 'Diary of a Provincial Lesbian' and Always you, Edina in 2012. VG Lee's short story collection 'As You Step Outside'was published in 2007.

In 2012, VG Lee was shortlisted for the Stonewall Writer of the Year award. She writes humour for The Lady Magazine and Gaze - A Modern Review.
www.vglee.co.uk

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By George
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From the moment I picked the book up I was totally hooked, I couldn't put it down and I never wanted it to end. Always you, Edina is one of those books that you can relate to and made me wish that I had an Aunt Ed.

There is a sense of gentleness and humour through out the whole story which makes you feel like you are there witnessing everything and experiencing what life is throwing at the perfectly developed characters, which for me is always a sign of a successful book.

Buy this book now to experience Aunt Ed, Bonnie, the gran we've all probably had oh and the seagull.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just divine! 24 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
I simply fell in love with this book! Ms Lee is a wonderful author. She has an amazing talent for creating characters that you want both hug and strangle all at the same time. The humour is bittersweet and the story tugged at my heartstrings. Bonnie is adorable, and as for that seagull - oh my goodness! A fantastic read!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth going to bed early to read! 21 Nov 2012
By Marnie
Format:Paperback
Her best book so far. I loved it - couldn't put it down. Easy to read and yet lots going on under the surface. A book that makes you want to go to bed early, if , like me, you do most of your reading in bed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars always you edina 21 May 2012
By katy
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This book is a heartwarming evocation of working class family life in the Sixties - there isn't much time to consider how people feel - its enough to just get on with the business of living. Hence Bonnie is left to her own devices ,observing the adults around her,relying on her own imagination and coming to her own conclusions. Beautifully drawn portraits of the characters within - my favourites are Bonnie and Gran - I loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A witty and compelling book 20 May 2012
By Cleo
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Always you,Edina is a haunting book. We meet the central character, Bonnie Benson, as a child and as an adult. She is an endearing and vulnerable character in both guises with a sharp eye. Her thoughts and observations stayed in my mind long after I closed the book, as did the images of family life which V G Lee so skillfully evokes. This is a well observed and touching novel which I was truly sorry to finish. Ms Lee writes with wit and generosity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant!! 2 April 2013
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Loved it!! Great story, characters I could identify with. It really evoked that time of growing up in the 50s or 60s
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always you, edina 10 Jan 2013
By Gill B
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An extremely funny book which,cliche though it may be, made me laugh out loud.A warm and funny book which i gave to several friends for christmas.Cant wait for VG Lee's next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of the 60s 5 Jan 2013
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My first Kindle book. And what a great choice. Even though I was using a bit of 21st Century tech, I was brought firmly back to the 60s. The cars, the parks, the music, the hair-dos, the secrecy, , the interiors, the dark side to 'respectability', the suffering - but all wrapped up in a rather jolly read as narrated by a young girl. Thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A funny well written book
I enjoyed Always you Edina very much. I found the insight into family life intriguing and droll. The odd foibles of the characters, in particular the heroine Bonnie enduring the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mo Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
We all have someone in our childhood who we idolise. I enjoyed this book, the unpicking of family intricacies and fascinating characters.
Published 3 months ago by Lulu76
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love!!
As always, with VG Lee, you can expect a warming tale, told with humour but still tugging on your heart and this was no different. I cannot recommend this writer enough. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read from this author.
This is the second book I have read from this author and it proved to be an excellent read. I could easily identify with the time period it's set in and the characterisations are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by TG
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique voice
Evocative of the fifties, characters come alive. Comic touches with slow realisation of adult realities and some whistfulness. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rosemary Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Read
The novel is set in the minute detail of everyday life in the unfashionable side of the 60s and beyond. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Maud Dalrymple
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from V G Lee
Hey! I just finished Always You, Edina. I was a bit scared of reading it because I loved Provincial Lesbian so much but, wow, I think it's terrific! Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Normality through Dysfunction
2nd VG Lee novel and as impressive as Diary of a Provincial Lesbian, although very different.

VG has an uncanny ability to write about the failings and frailty of human... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Thankyou val for a lovely heart felt story ,i laughed and cried ,i did not want it to end tissues and chocolate lol more please ,. Read more
Published 17 months ago by sherlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming
First of all I need to state that £1.53 for this book seems woefully cheap! (Amazon take note!)

I've been meaning to read this book for ages, then one Saturday night,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ange Chan
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