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Coming Home [Paperback]

Rosamunde Pilcher
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Book Description

12 April 2011

Born in Colombo, Judith Dunbar spends her teenage years at boarding school, while her beloved mother and younger sister live abroad with her father.

When her new friend Loveday Carey-Lewis invites Judith home for the weekend to Nancherrow, the Carey-Lewises' beautiful estate on the Cornish coast, it is love at first sight.

She falls in love too with the generous Carey-Lewises themselves. With their generosity and kindness, Judith grows from naive girl to confident young woman, basking in the warm affection of a surrogate family whose flame burns brightly. But it is a flame soon to be extinguished in the gathering storm of war. And Judith herself has far to travel before at last . . . coming home.

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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340752475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340752470
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosamunde Pilcher has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short story writer, but it was her phenomenally successful novel, THE SHELL SEEKERS, that captured the hearts of all who read it, and won her international recognition as one of the best-loved story-tellers of our time. Her bestselling novels, SEPTEMBER and COMING HOME, were made into television films. WINTER SOLSTICE, her most recent bestseller, was also made into a television film. In 2002 she was awarded an O.B.E for services to literature. She lives near Dundee.

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The novel has a gently sweet flavour, it continues to beguile because of Pilcher's warmth, sincerity and easy, undemanding prose (Sunday Times)

Compelling pages packed with convincing characters, vivid settings and weepy bits (Daily Mail)

A great featherbed of a novel, all the right ingredients (Woman & Home)

Especially good on atmosphere and a lonely teenager's bewilderment, Pilcher's storytelling skills are serene and beguiling (The Times)

Much-needed balm to soothe the troubled mind (Sunday Express)

A well-upholstered good read (Daily Mail)

Classy, lavish entertainment . . . literate pleasure (Publishers Weekly)

Captivating . . . The best sort of book to come home to . . . Readers will undoubtedly hope Pilcher comes home to the typewriter again soon. (New York Daily News)

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The bestselling, heartwarming tale of innocence and youth during the 1930s re-issued with a stunning new jacket look

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, magical a spellbinding novel! 16 April 2001
By A Customer
I fell in love with the setting right from the start especially the big house Nancherrow along with all the characters. A brilliant read. I read it at the age of 11 and now at the ripe old age of 14 I still regard it as one of the best novels ever.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully comforting book 15 Jan 2008
"Coming home" is one of my desert island books. Like other reviewers here, I have read and re-read this book many times. Rosamund Pilcher is a genius at painting a detailed picture in print. Her characters are compelling and human, despite some of them moving in circles fairly foreign to the average woman of today. I love her attention to detail and the complex cast of characters that she involves. She is also a master of descriptive scenery - without ever become too verbose! I recommend this title wholeheartedly to anyone who loves a warm, moving and delightful story. It's a great book to drag out and read for the umpteenth time when you are feeling a little unwell!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best book i've ever read. 19 April 2000
By A Customer
This is definately the longest book I've ever read but I managed to read it in three days as I was instantly caught up in the storyline. I'd seen the adaptation on TV a couple of times and decided as I had two weeks Easter holidays I would get round to reading the book. I only finished it a few hours ago and am now feeling at a loss, as over the past three days I have been solely involved in Judith's and the rest of the characters'story. After reading the book I now realise that the TV version does it little justice. It was a compelling tale and I shall probably read it again before the year's out.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!! 5 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This book is easily one of the best books I've ever read!I was completely drawn into the book and couldn't put it down. It is realistic and full of life-like description and characters. It would be impossible not to fall in love with this book. It was the first Rosamunde Pilcher book I have ever read and has turned me into a fan for life.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read it- immediately 24 April 2007
This is my ultimate favourite book, it is one that i always return to although i have read and re-read this book time and time again the story never becomes tiring.

The ideallic settings of sleepy cornwall are so perfectly described and the era captured so brilliantly it is almost as though you really are there, the characters are lovingly constructed and you really get a sense of being there, the relationships are believable and yet still dreamy and fairy-tale enough that you can get lost in the story.

The carey-lewis' family is exactly the family everybody longs to have, they have the typical stiff upper lip at times and still the fanciful optimistic values that warm the heart.

Nothing can express how good this book is but reading it for yourself, it is excellent value for money i have read it at least 50 times.

The ITV drama serial that can now be found on DVD is excellent, joanna lumley as diana is perfect, as is love-day carey-lewis the lovable tearaway. The Tv follow up Nancherrow is equally them both-immediately!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Great Featherbed of A Novel!" 12 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Having seen the TV serialisation, I thought I'd give the book a try - and I'm glad I did. It grips you from the start, evoking the atmosphere in the build up to WW2 better than any other book I've read, and it keeps you engrossed through Judith's coming of age. Whenever I re-read it I can't put it down - it's like sinking into another era. I return to it often: a guilty pleasure!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Cornwall 22 Mar 2009
This book is like an old friend. I go back to it time and time again. As a very fast reader, it's such a pleasure for me to settle down to re-reading this lengthy but so enjoyable novel. I am a Cornishman and I so enjoy Rosamunde Pilcher's accurate capturing of the Cornish scene and the way natives of the county talk. But whether you are Cornish or not, you are likely to love reading this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, Gripping And Astute! 5 Jun 2000
By A Customer
I've read many novels by Rosamunde Pilcher but this will always be my favourite. The story is about young Judith Dunbar who goes to spend the holidays with her friend Loveday in their Cornwall estate. This book is simply marvellous and despite the fact that it's a 1016 pages I devoured this book in four days. A book which I recommend to you as I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Carey-Lewis's and their house guests and staff were wonderfully...
This was a pleasant enough read, but for such a big book I found myself knowing very little about the central character, Judith, by the conclusion.. I cared even less. Read more
Published 13 days ago by gruffler
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to anybody who wants a good read.
I've read this book at last twice and thoroughly enjoyed it each time.
Published 17 days ago by Lenny
4.0 out of 5 stars very good condition and good
very good condition and good story
Published 1 month ago by kathoban
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Rosamunde Pilcher
I can only echo what others have said, a great book, well written and thoroughly believable.I can highly recommend this book.
Published 2 months ago by grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Chronicle of a pre- First World War family
A captivating and vivid portrayal of family life, among a class and an era which was to totally disappear with the shattering nihilistic onslaught of war. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly captivating
Probably my favourite novel of all time. Long, fast-moving, and full of brilliantly described settings and characters, this story follows the life of Judith Dunbar and her best... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Heald
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed following all the characters through their lives. Lovely when confined to bed,keeps you constantly interested as to the outcome
Published 3 months ago by Ming Vase
5.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoyable
This is one of the best of Rosemund Pilchers books. It never disappoints, and characters are made to feel real. It's like visiting friends and having a good chat with them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pam Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth
I bought this book some years ago but it is only now I have had time to read it and to make it even easier bought a kindle version to help with the night reading. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jules21
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased book for elderly Mother
I purchased this book for my 91 year old Mother, and she loved it. She has been reading Rosalind Pilcher books for many years
Published 5 months ago by janet weight reed
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