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Break Point [Kindle Edition]

Kate Rigby
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Book Description

It's the start of the 1999 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Break Point is not only about an obsession with Wimbledon: the game of tennis itself becomes a metaphor for the other psychological matches taking place at the house of peevish old Gwen McMahon. Carers come and go, but who will survive to the final?

This is as much about secrets, taboos, forbidden sexuality and intergenerational differences as it is tennis.

Winner of one of the Paparazzi Sports Fiction Awards 2010 and previously published in paperback.

This short novel has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction.

http://awesomeindies.net/literary-fiction/

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Synopsis

"Break Point" is a lesbian novella.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 982 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TNGRBU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #789,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Rigby has been writing for over thirty years. She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so decided to write about it.

However she's not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev's avant garde magazine Texts' Bones including a version of her satirical novella Lost The Plot.

Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).

Her book Little Guide to Unhip was published by Night Publishing (2010).

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and also as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology (Pfoxmoor 2011).

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now 'Did You Whisper Back?').

Titles now available on Kindle and other e-books are:

Little Guide to Unhip
Thalidomide Kid
Seaview Terrace
Far Cry From The Turquoise Room (also available in paperback)
Break Point
Suckers n Scallies
Down The Tubes
Tales By Kindlelight
Savage To Savvy (also available in paperback)
Did You Whisper Back?
Fall Of The Flamingo Circus
She Looks Pale
Hard Workers
Headboards


Details about Kate's work can be found at her website:

http://kjrbooks.yolasite.com/

Or her occasional blogs can be found at:

http://bubbitybooks.blogspot.com/



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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent psychological thriller 7 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It’s June 1999 and Wimbledon is about to get underway. Robina, recently out of a long term relationship and looking for a new path in life takes a job as the carer for Gwen, a largely housebound old lady. As Robina learns more about Gwen she has more questions than answers, in particular what happened to her daughter Rosemary?

Kate Rigby writes with an unconventional style. This is not a complaint, merely an observation. Some readers will appreciate it, others I guess will not. Thankfully, I sit in the former camp. Rigby writes with a local vernacular in punchy terms. It adds layer and depth to the first person narrative.

I’ve previously reviewed Flamingo Circus, which was, in effect, a coming of age diary that occurred over several years. However in Break Point we have quite a different beast. It is fundamentally an exploration of relationships – between Robina and a variety of people. Gwen (the eventually overbearing woman she’s caring for with her own secret), June (the ex-girlfriend we never meet), Tash (the person who split June and Robina up) and Elliot (her brother). Finally throw Shari, provocative colleague exploring her sexuality, into the mix and there’s a slow-burn melting pot of emotions.

Interestingly the story takes place with the back drop of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The author draws parallels between events and the particular game / players on at the time. As the finals near, the events wind to a crescendo and a neat little twist.

Overall an enjoyable read.

**Originally reviewed for Books and Pals blog. May have received free review copy.**
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good novel even if you don't like tennis! 4 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a nice surprise, like all good novels. It features tennis a lot, but mainly the experience of being an avid Wimbledon watcher rather than anything to do with actually playing the game. But over and above that it's a psychological drama, mixing up the age groups (the world through the eyes of the young having to deal with the old, if that makes sense), relationships, and the unfolding of events during one Wimbledon fortnight.

KR's style is kind of understated and a bit off-beat. She's no cliché merchant, that's for sure! Well worth dipping into, and it's a concise pleasure - over all too soon in two sets, definitely not an overblown five-setter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Match to Ms. Rigby! 23 Jun. 2011
By Vince Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Tennis, anyone?" With 'Break Point,' the answer is "Yes, PLEASE!" This hilarious, fascinating and gripping book about a Wimbledon-obsessed carer and the rather passive-agressive older woman she is stuck with is a joy to read! I don't know much about tennis, but as the book went on, it became obvious to even a 'sportically-challenged' person like me that the story is structured like a tennis match between the two (and some other carers that come and go). Game, set, match...who will win?? And there's even some romance thrown into the mix (no, not between the carer and the older woman...thank God?). Kate Rigby's writing, as always, is lyrical, wry and a pleasure to read as the sentences and plot unfold. This brilliant author is a master at every subject she tackles, taking us into the psyches of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people and making us eager to learn more about their lives and what happens to them. Break Point is HIGHLY RECOMMENED, and after to you finish it (which you probably will quickly), please please check out ANY of her other books for a fantastic read!! Match to Ms. Rigby!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me from the return volley 10 Feb. 2014
By Awesome Indies Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Kate Rigby's Break Point did not, actually, immediately grab me, but from the second or third page when I had begun to decipher the quirky UK voice and the beginnings of the plot, I was snagged and rode the smooth narration along for the reminder of the novella.

Inside, Robina is a thirty or forty-something caregiver at Carewise, and she takes on an elderly woman living not far from her apartment. Gwen is a tough one, demanding, and all Robina wants to do is catch every single play during this year's Wimbledon. She quickly moves into Gwen's house, upstairs, and just as quickly the relationship with her client sours as soon as it's evident that Robina wants to work her appointed hours and no more, and that she's all about the tennis.

There are lots of things to like about this book, and the most outstanding two were the dialogue and the narrative voice. Robina shows off her upbringing, her politics, and her past with excellent slang and colloquialisms that are quintessentially British, and which bring an otherwise normal, everyday situation to vivid, interesting life. As well, the dialogue was lifelike, silky smooth, awkward (but always intentionally so), which really gave the characters life and struck tension beautifully. The reader is often left to wonder what sort of response this dialogue ought to provoke from the various speakers, which reminded me of the dialogue of Hemingway. I'm heartened when the author thinks enough of the reader's intelligence not to lay every detail out straight. There's space between the lines, and I was happy to fill it with my own conclusions.

In addition readers gain the benefits of a steady pace, neither too fast or wallowing-in-details slow, an impressive array of memorable characters, including a Holden Caulfield's girlfriend type character, and a winning extended metaphor with tennis.

I mentioned the first page because I'm not British, and I was utterly and hopelessly lost by the way the narrative threw me in, right in the midst of everything in Bobbie's life: her present and her past are both there, a sort of tsunami that had me drowning at first.

Once I picked up on what was going on though, the remainder of the book was nearly flawless. Ultimately the book speaks about the drudgery of day in, day out existence and how it can crush the most closely held beliefs and impassioned ideals, and it's done without any rancid bitterness or soppy nostalgia. Break Point walks the line between those, and this line judge cannot find fault with it.

Five enthusiastic stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent psychological thriller 7 July 2013
By K. Nixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It’s June 1999 and Wimbledon is about to get underway. Robina, recently out of a long term relationship and looking for a new path in life takes a job as the carer for Gwen, a largely housebound old lady. As Robina learns more about Gwen she has more questions than answers, in particular what happened to her daughter Rosemary?

Kate Rigby writes with an unconventional style. This is not a complaint, merely an observation. Some readers will appreciate it, others I guess will not. Thankfully, I sit in the former camp. Rigby writes with a local vernacular in punchy terms. It adds layer and depth to the first person narrative.

I’ve previously reviewed Flamingo Circus, which was, in effect, a coming of age diary that occurred over several years. However in Break Point we have quite a different beast. It is fundamentally an exploration of relationships – between Robina and a variety of people. Gwen (the eventually overbearing woman she’s caring for with her own secret), June (the ex-girlfriend we never meet), Tash (the person who split June and Robina up) and Elliot (her brother). Finally throw Shari, provocative colleague exploring her sexuality, into the mix and there’s a slow-burn melting pot of emotions.

Interestingly the story takes place with the back drop of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The author draws parallels between events and the particular game / players on at the time. As the finals near, the events wind to a crescendo and a neat little twist.

Overall an enjoyable read.

**Originally reviewed for Books and Pals blog. May have received free review copy.**
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