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Baggage [Kindle Edition]

Emily Barr
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At eighteen, your closest friend commits suicide. At twenty-nine, you're backpacking in the Australian outback when you see her. She has a husband. She has a ten-year-old son. She has a baby on the way. She claims to be someone else. But you'd recognise her anywhere. Back in England you tell your journalist boyfriend. While he never knew her, he always knew of her - her name is Daisy Fraser and she was awaiting trial over the deaths of four people when she jumped off the Severn Bridge. He thinks: This could be the scoop of the century. He says: Happy Christmas - I'm taking you to Australia to find Daisy.

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'Her light touch allows her to make some obviously heartfelt points, and she manages to keep the momentum going with some very funny twists and turns of the plot' The Oxford Times (The Oxford Times)

'It's impossible to dislike Barr's chatty, infectious prose style. The plot is compelling and the book is invested with a strong sense of place' The List -Glasgow (The List -Glasgow)

'Superb characterisation and edgy style' Glasgow Daily Record (Glasgow Daily Record)

The strength - it is a great read from start to finish - is not in the plotting. but in its easy entertaining style and believable characters that are variously biting, insightful and sympathetic. (The Times)

'A highly evocative read. It has all the ingredients of pure escapism...and a pace that never slackens' Eastern Daily Press (Eastern Daily Press)

'A great read from start to finish...believable characters that are variously biting, insightful and sympathetic' Play (The Times) (Play (The Times))

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The brilliant new novel from the critically acclaimed author of BACKPACK

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747266778
  • Publisher: Review (11 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00590X5XU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emily Barr is the well-loved and bestselling author of BACKPACK, the original backpacking novel, and many other highly acclaimed novels. A former journalist, she has travelled around the world and written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian. After living in France, Emily and her husband (whom she met backpacking) have settled in Cornwall with their three children. For more information on Emily Barr visit her website

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
What a read!
Last year's 'Backpack' - Barr's debut novel - was a treat and a real discovery, so I eagerly awaited this, her second novel.
'Baggage' is the story of what happens when you decide that life is simply too much, and you need to get out - in this case faking your own death.
'Baggage' is gripping from beginning to end, and wittier still than Backpack. Having travelled to the Australian Outback (where much of the novel is set) - I can vouch for the authenticity of the descriptions, many of which (especially of the outlandish characters) had me in stiches.
Barr again draws on what she knows through experience as a journalist and more specifically a travel writer.
I thoroughly recommend this. Ideal to take on holiday and again, a real page turner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good for words... 29 Jun. 2006
but I'll say a few anyway.

This book is gripping from start to finish and oh-so-credible, although this kind of things doesn't happen to all of us, of course! It's more of a sense that your life can be going perfectly well one day and then be thrown into chaos by a chance event.

I loved this and passed it onto my mum, who also couldn't out it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and compelling 15 Jun. 2002
By A Customer
Unlike the last reviewer, I hated the cover but picked the book up anyway because I enjoyed Backpack by the same author. It was a gripping read and occupied a train journey brilliantly. One of those books that you try to read slowly because you don't want it to end. The characters were sympathetically drawn, and the central premise was compelling. I think we've all wondered what would happen if we left our life behind and started afresh. It was a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Baggage - emily barr 10 Jun. 2003
By A Customer
I really enjoyed this book, very down to earth and you can put yourself in the parts of all the characters as the author describes/writes about them very well. The plot wasn't what I expected but the way the story unfolds keeps you gripped wanting to find out what happens. Open ended finale but it makes you realise it doesn't matter what the end is, it is the journey you have gone on with the characters (still, would have like to know what happened). I don't think I would have enjoyed it so much if I hadn't been to the Aussie outback though. A good holiday read ;-)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lost two stars for ending 9 Nov. 2002
By A Customer
I enjoyed every page of this book and was completely engrossed. I loved the fact that the characters were not cliched or predictable and the that you could expect them to behave in many different ways like a real human being.
The only problem was the open ending. I don't expect a book to wrap everything up neatly but this was so unecessary. There was a very specific question that the book posed throughout- what would happen to Daisy/Lina when she was discovered?
How can you write a whole book about one theme and then not give the information that the reader is waiting for?
It may not be true but it just looked like the writer didn't know what to do next and I wished I hadn't been so involved because it was a waste of time really.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing premise for a novel 21 April 2003
By A Customer
I happened upon this book by accident and found it ideal meat for entirely engrossing oneself in a good story on wet afternoons. The writing is intelligent and yet easy, without being contrived or relentlessly ramming metaphors into the reader's face. However, the promising style with which the book opened, did metamorphose, as it progressed, more towards the realms of 'chicklit' than I felt necessary, for instance with the attitudes and behaviour of the main male protagonist. A really intriguing premise for a novel, only spoilt by the slightly hurried ending, which gave the impression that the writer had suddenly wished to 'wrap things up' in the next half dozen pages. However, I felt involved with the main female character throughout, enjoyed the book a great deal and will certainly read other work by this author in the future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 3 Sept. 2014
By Julie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read a few of Emily Barr's other novels I looked forward to reading this one but what a disappointment. The characters were unlikeable and unrealistic. I really didn't like the so called heroine Daisy/Lina. I had no sympathy for her whatever, she broke the law, and she wasn't nice enough for us to support. As for the journalist, he was just an awful character, very cold with no respect for anyone. I finished the book hoping for a better ending but didn't get it, and I couldn't believe what the policeman had done, won't say what so as not to spoil it for anyone who wants to read this. As other reviewers have said, the author got so far and didn't know how to finish the story, so we didn't get a nicely tied up ending but then as the rest of the book was obviously on Lina's side, I don't think I would have liked it anyway. The story is very similar to some of her other books, running away, dealing in drugs etc. I won't be reading anymore, I wish I hadn't wasted money buying this one. Just one big disappointment.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Holiday Read 20 Jun. 2004
As someone who has backpacked in Australia herself a few years back (OK, 10 years ago) I was looking forward to reading this book. I am very glad I did. The characters have faults and are not perfect, for anyone fed up with the perfect chick lit heroine then this is refreshing. The story is told from two perspectives, firstly, that of a woman in Australia and secondly, from a London journalist called Larry. When Larry's girlfriend, Sophie, goes to Australia for a few months and bumps into the woman she believes to be her dead school friend, Daisy, she tells Larry, who suggests they return to look for her properly, but has his own career agenda. The story is well written and keeps you hooked, but there are two minor niggles. At the end of the book I didn't like what happened to Larry's character. I don't want to give anything away, but something about him changed, shall we say, and I didn't see why this had to happen. Secondly, we never heard what happened to Daisy and her family at the end of the book, it was too open. Again, I don't want to give anything away as I would recommend this book, but there could have been more of a hint as too how it all finishes. I would like to add that I don't think you need to have visited the Australian Outback to enjoy this book, which is a bit of a thriller; it just helps in your visualisation of the setting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great all the way until the end
Great all the way until the end. It felt like a bit of an abrupt stop - I wanted to know what happened next and suddenly it was all finished! Read more
Published 24 days ago by BookedIn
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Emily Barr has written far better books. Dull story that never really gets going. Doesn't have the fast pace of her other books such as stranded.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Truly brilliant read and one I couldn't put down. Highly recommended to everyone and I will be definitely be reading more Emily Barr books
Published 13 months ago by Becky Mercer
2.0 out of 5 stars Review
Not her best book. I found the story a bit boring and predictable. I would not recommend this story. Kindle version also had a lot of typos which was annoying
Published 19 months ago by WAINWRIGHT
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read but is there a part two?
Really enjoyed this book but slightly disappointed with the ending. I guess a book has to end somewhere but it leaves it far too open ended which makes me as, is there a part two? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rachael N
4.0 out of 5 stars Baggage
The first time I discovered Emily Barr was when I read Backpacker. I did not think this book was as good.
Published 21 months ago by Alicia
4.0 out of 5 stars Awful ending that spoilt it a bit for me.
I enjoyed it alot but the ending left it so up in the air I felt really disappointed. Still a good read and hope there will be a sequel although she has never written any others... Read more
Published 21 months ago by anastasia
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak
Boring, not as good as some she has written
Quite flimsy and silly characters with a fairly weak ending. Shame
Published on 31 Dec. 2012 by Charlotte field
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and banal
I was so disappointed in this book. Having read The First Wife and Stranded I had great expectations. I preserved the book to read on holiday expecting an excellent read. Read more
Published on 5 Oct. 2012 by Musetta
2.0 out of 5 stars Had potential...
I really enjoyed Emily Barr's previous best selling novel Backpack. Therefore, I looked forward to reading Baggage. Read more
Published on 29 Aug. 2010 by MsCindyBooks
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