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Clouds among the Stars Paperback – 2 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (2 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007142552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007142552
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Victoria Clayton and her novels:

'A sharp-eyed social comedy to curl up with.' Woman and Home

'A high-class romantic production.' Marie Claire

'Victoria Clayton is unafraid to take a story by the scruff of the neck.' Independent

'Victoria Clayton has a glinting wit and intelligence.' Mail on Sunday

'Delightful humour which overlays a beady observation and perception.' Mail on Sunday

'The charm and vivacity with which the author presents her scenario and the precision with which she describes character and setting make this a very enjoyable read. Social comedy is a difficult thing to do, but Clayton shows herself an adept practitioner.' Times

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Harriet is the middle child of a celebrated theatrical company, all of whom continue to live a comfortable if eccentric existence in the patriarchal home. When her father is accused of murder - fracturing his rival's skull on stage - and kept in jail, the family are forced to find other means for supporting their way of life.

Harriet, struggling with a new job, her father's mistresses and an unlikely fairy godfather, begins a journey of personal education during which she learns that villains may smile and heroes be cunningly disguised.

'Social comedy is a difficult thing to do, but Clayton shows herself an adept practitioner.' The Times

Witty and perceptive, with an outstanding cast of characters, wonderful scenes and outrageous theatrical behaviour, Clouds Among the Stars is a book to relish and re-read.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book. It is poignant, interesting, perceptive, riveting and laugh-out-loud funny. Like the heroine's St. Bernard (foisted off onto her as a "Cornish terrier"), Harriet's self-knowledge keeps on growing. Victoria Clayton's books have charm, and none more so than this one. Because it is written in the first person, we learn about Harriet through her own eyes, realizing by the end of the book just what a loveable person she is.
Incidentally, Victoria Clayton's books should be read in order, as each one allows the reader to learn what happened after the end of the preceding one.
Enjoy! All readers of Rosamunde Pilcher and Marcia Willett will love this author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Williams on 14 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
'Clouds Among the Stars' is a beautifully written book. The Byng family are both tragic and hilarious, the plot is wonderfully thought out and the Shakespearean references, far from being preaching, fit perfectly into the book. The characters are immensely likable for all their flaws, and the ending is little short of perfect! A lovely book to cheer you up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Harriet is the daughter of Waldo Byng - a famous actor. Along with her brother and sisters - all named after Shakespearean characters - she has no need to look for a job. The arrest and imprisonment of her famous father means that Harriet and her siblings must do something to support the household. Harriet's attempt at earning her living gives her confidence, though she is not at all sure about the financial help the family gets from Rupert - a fixture during her childhood.
Amoral and eccentric characters including the delicious Archie, who lives with Rupert, and a phantom filled stay over Christmas at a ramshackle house party in the country, produce laugh out loud funny scenes. The characters all sparkle and the settings are brought vividly to life.
This needs to be read curled up with a box of chocolates and a glass of wine. If you enjoyed Moonshine then you'll love this - social/romantic comedy at its best. It would make an excellent film or TV series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sol on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Another wonderful book by victoria Clayton. She writes books for those of us who enjoy a little romance but don't want to have to leave our brains behind when we open a book. As usual the characters are all larger than life and inhabit a realm that if it ever really existed appears to be gone forever. Don't be put off by the idea of a murder, it's just a plot device to force the heroine out into the world. I laughed out loud on countless occasions and am looking forward to reading it again.
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By Pedant on 1 May 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed several of Victoria Clayton's books in the past but this one is an insult to one's intelligence. The characters are flat, predictable caricatures, hiding behind random quotes from Shakespeare and Italian phrases, and the plot is ridiculous. In addition, the very unfunny topics of rape and drugs crime are trivialised. My Kindle says I have reached 20% of this nonsense and this is where I will stop. I have wasted enough of my life reading this book.
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