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Brother & Sister [Paperback]

Joanna Trollope
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Book Description

29 Jan 2005

Nathalie and David have been good and dutiful children to their parents, and now, grown-up, with their own families, they are still close to one another. Brother and sister.

Except that they aren't - brother and sister that is.They were both adopted, when their loving parents, found that they couldn't have children themselves. And up until now it's never mattered.

But suddenly, Nathalie discovers a deep need to trace her birth parents and is insisting that David makes the same journey. And through this, both learn one of the hardest lessons of all, that sometimes, the answers to who we are and where we come from can be more difficult than the questions ...


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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (29 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552771732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552771733
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Trollope has written several highly-acclaimed contemporary novels: The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector's Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People's Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South and Friday Nights. Other People's Children has been shown on BBC television as a major drama serial. Under the name of Caroline Harvey she writes romantic historical novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters. Joanna was born in Gloucestershire and lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

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"Pacy, absorbing and compassionate" (Daily Mail)

"Brilliantly perceptive" (Daily Telegraph)

"An important novel" (Evening Standard)

"Her prodigious flair for illuminating emotional situations guarantees the appeal of Trollope's work... immediate and engrossing" (The Good Book Guide)

"Deliciously readable" (The Times)

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Her insightful, bestselling novel about who we are and where we come from.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By SueBee
Format:Paperback
I have read all Joanna Trollope's books and must admit I prefer her earlier ones. This one has a good story premise (adopted siblings look for their real mothers) but what lets it down is the dialogue. People just don't talk to each other like that - in the stilted, soul-searching, pseudo psychologist style she uses. Also the characters do not seem as developed as in her earlier works. For instance, we are never told what Natalie (female main character) has done for work or trained for so you cannot 'draw' her character in your mind as you might in other circumstances - did she go straight from home to husband? Other minor roles are undeveloped too and all talk in this curious middle England vocabulary as used by a mid 1950's BBC newsreader!. Disappointing but I felt compelled to finish it nonetheless.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The abandoned baby lives inside each adoptee." 17 Oct 2005
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
In this tension-filled domestic drama, Joanna Trollope shows how the adoption of two children, now adults, have affected all the families involved--the birth mothers and their later families, the adoptive parents and grandparents, and the adoptees themselves, their spouses, and their children. Nathalie, the partner of Steve Ross and mother of their child, has always considered it an advantage to be adopted, to be "chosen," but when her young daughter Polly needs surgery for a condition that may be inherited, her own adoption becomes an issue for her. Asking "What else don't I know about where Polly's come from?" she suddenly comes to a life-changing realization: "I want to be like people who know where they come from." She and her brother David decide to search for their birth mothers.
The rippling effects of the decision to search for birth mothers dominate this carefully constructed novel. Nathalie's adoptive mother, not surprisingly, is devastated that both of "her" children need to find "other" mothers. The birth mothers, by turn, have created new lives of their own, each dealing with her "lost" child in her own way. Nathalie's husband, David's wife, and their children are also affected, not least by the fact that Nathalie and David choose to share their feelings with each other, rather than with their spouses. As the ripple effects continue, other characters, even including employees, are drawn into the emotional vortex, and unexpected complications send the action in surprising directions with new twists and turns.
Trollope reveals the inner lives of her characters through beautifully realized dialogue, and she pays particular attention to the details of personality and domestic relationships.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Alright but far too predictable 12 July 2007
By Janie U TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I have read all of Joanna Trollope's books and from being really great they are gradually getting boring and predictable. It uses the same formula for writing a book which has been used over and over again.
Admittedly I was pulled into the story from the first page and stuck with the book until the end but I thought that this subject matter has been done too many times and Joanne Trollope doesn't seem to be able to find anything new in it. She seems to be trying to be edgy by using a difficult subject but, in doing that, she moves away to far from the aga sagas that she is good at writing without managing to tackle the adoption issue.
There was some very sloppy parts to the book, for example when the 2 mothers are introduced within a couple of pages of each other - they are complete extremes of people with completely extreme reasons for having their adoptions - hhmm!!
The ending of the book was also too dramatic and seemed to destroy any sensitivity it had achieved in the first half.
It is not an awful book but I would recommend a new reader to Joanna Trollope starts with her earlier books - let's hope the next one is better!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst novel I've ever wasted time on 14 April 2008
Format:Paperback
I was interested to read this because my brother is adopted and went through his own journey with this...but this book simply reeks. Why did I even finish it, I can't answer. I didn't care about the characters at all, their reactions are completely unrealistic and they are all portrayed in different shades of immature. I was hoping to learn something but was disappointed. Don't waste your time on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars badley researched 28 July 2010
By Miss M. Potter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The basic plot of this book could be good. But it has been a wasted opportunity. The author attempts to create a social issue about the emotions of two people, a brother and sister. Both from different mothers and both adopted by the same parents. In the search for their respected roots the loyalties to each other and their adopted family and their birth family and everyone else that knows them COULD be challenged. But sadly the author fails to express what I feel would be the true impact of emotions felt by all concerned. And at the end of the whole tale I was left feeling short changed for a satisfactory conclusion.
The audio aspect is ok. The book is read well enough, and their is enough effort in the reader to convey the story. Its just that the story isnt very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly researched 28 July 2010
By Miss M. Potter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The basic plot of this book could be good. But it has been a wasted opportunity. The author attempts to create a social issue about the emotions of two people, a brother and sister. Both from different mothers and both adopted by the same parents. In the search for their respected roots the loyalties to each other and their adopted family and their birth family and everyone else that knows them COULD be challenged. But sadly the author fails to express what I feel would be the true impact of emotions felt by all concerned. And at the end of the whole tale I was left feeling short changed for a satisfactory conclusion.
The audio aspect is ok. The book is read well enough, and their is enough effort in the reader to convey the story. Its just that the story isnt very good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another hotch potch
I thought this would be good, but the main characters are not developed enough, instead we given no background information about them and too much detail about trivia we don't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sos
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing for a Trollope novel
I usually enjoy Joanna Trollope's explorations of middle-class family life, but this book really disappointed me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tangerina
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I really enjoy Joanna Trollope's books. She writes with such sensitivity to which I totally relate. My most enjoyable read for a long time.
Published 4 months ago by judy wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Well recommended
An excellent, well written book very entertaining and thought provoking. I woud recommend this book to anyone who enjoys human interest stories.
Published 6 months ago by Caroline Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother and Sister..
Another great read from Joanna Trollope. I have only just started reading/listening to her books and look forward to listening to more.
Published 7 months ago by VICTOR
3.0 out of 5 stars bought to replace "lost" library book
I bought it for my wife to replace a library book which they alleged she had not returned but which we believe was lost in their system!
Published 11 months ago by Terry Askew
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Joanne Trollope
This is another great book by Joanna Trollope. As always, an interesting topic, a good read and no predictable end. It kept me really interested all the way through.
Published 12 months ago by eg452
3.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Reading
i didn't particulrly dislike this book and it kept me interested but it wasn"t an "I couldn't put it down" sort of book!
Published 14 months ago by Ms. Ann Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars Notnthe best Joanna but.....
Not finished it yet but so far so good. It is not as gripping as some of her others though.
Published 15 months ago by Kevin durkin
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Prompt and courteous service, spot on with delivery time, the product arrived as described,great to do business with would buy again.
Published 18 months ago by Rod mac donald
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