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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (21 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472101650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472101655
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Jackson was recently named one of UNESCO City of Literature's emerging writers. By day, she is a coach and a lecturer in psychology and education. She has written features for various newspapers including the Guardian and the Independent. The Emergence of Judy Taylor is her first novel.

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Incredibly droll, sensitive and intelligent. Not a word out of place. Angela is a true writer and an extremely powerful and promising voice. (Bidisha)

The Emergence of Judy Taylor is a heart-wrenching yet dryly funny tale of relationships and second chances. (Grazia)

One of the debuts of the year. (Meandmybigmouth blog)

A great book! Angela brilliantly captures the terrifying battle many face quietly in their own heads ... between the mundane and safe or brave but potentially catastrophic. (Tracy Bloom, author of No-one Ever has Sex on a Tuesday)

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Judy has been coasting through life.

Until she realises she has lost her way.

Now she has to decide what to do next.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Shaw on 22 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Emergence of Judy Taylor is a thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking tale about life in general and the choices we make as women. However, it's no ordinary story, because at times, you may well feel like you're reading about yourself! And then you can't help but wonder if the decisions we come to make are really down to our ourselves, or are greater things at play in the Universe? Who knows - perhaps it depends upon how you interpret the words; only you can decide. You may find you'll want to read it a second time. Highly recommended reading in the peace and quiet, preferably with a glass of wine...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar 2014
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I’m always interested in fiction about people turning their lives upside down and I found this entertaining reading. Judy is married to Oliver – a successful solicitor – and she has a job as a lecturer in music. They have many friends and it would seem Judy has an enviable life. But something is not right for Judy and she can’t put her finger on exactly what it is she just knows her life has become boring and she needs a change otherwise she is going to do something everyone may live to regret.

I think many people will at some time have experienced the urge to disappear without leaving a forwarding address – to just start again and ditch all the baggage. Most of us probably don’t do anything as drastic as Judy did but I know I could empathise with her. I liked the writing style and I loved the humour and the marvellous characters. I could understand how Oliver felt as well and I thought the author put his side of the story very well too.

I loved the background of Edinburgh and the Festival in the second half of the book and I thought the author really evoked the atmosphere of the city in August. There are some marvellous characters too – Judy herself, Lily and Harry – and I’m still smiling over some of the scenes twenty four hours after I finished reading them. Anyone who finds the average women’s fiction too sentimental and slushy may enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Welsh Annie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jan 2014
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I found the story line of this book quite engrossing - this is a page turner, but not in the traditional sense. Faced with a potentially life-changing situation, Judy Taylor takes a close look at her life - an outwardly settled and contented one - and decides that it just isn't what she wants any more. She makes a choice - changes the life she has for a new one, however difficult that might be and whatever the impact on everyone around her. And the impact is tremendous - her husband Oliver is devastated, and her parents are left to cope alone with her father's health problems. Despite all this, I found Judy a really sympathetic character - it's not too difficult for anyone, caught up in the comfortable routine of daily existence, to feel the same need to break away, start again. Her new life in Edinburgh is anything but plain sailing - changing her life also means changing herself.

Quite apart from the originality of the story, and its swirling themes of difficult choices and facing death and a woman's duty, what set this book apart for me was the quality of the writing. Every word really counts and its plain that the book's construction was an absolute labour of love for the author. Don't misread that - other than the subject matter, the book is essentially an easy read, accessible to everyone. But the way in which the supporting characters reflect some of the themes and choices has been meticulously crafted. At times it's immensely funny, wonderfully dry, at other times it tears your heart apart. And some of the descriptions will stay with me for ever - I defy anyone to set it aside after the opening description of the wedding which has something identifiable to everyone, until "some years passed". I really loved it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JayeW on 19 July 2013
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A novel with a human heartbeat - capturing the idiosyncrasies of normality and showing how extraordinary life is.
I read it in a couple of sittings; every word is deliberately placed which makes it a compelling read, with a northern nod to unsentimental compassion laced with a wry, and sometimes razor sharp, wit.
It's about making brave choices and living with the consequences and I'm sure it will have a resonance for many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Forshaw on 23 May 2013
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Angela Jackson's first novel did not disappoint - I read an extract before the book was complete and could not wait to read the whole story - it was wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bex Hand on 21 May 2013
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In the middle of my exam revision for my 2nd year of uni, it arrived...it sat on a shelf begging me to read it, i couldn't resist and once i'd picked it up, i couldn't put it down!!

The characters are so well written that you'll feel like you know each of them and will definitely relate to some. If you've been in this situation then I believe this is the book to read, the topic is handled delicately so as not to cause judgement, but with enough description to provide understanding and with the appropriate amount of humour.

I found that disappointing feeling as i realised i had reached the end, as i could have kept reading as long as Angela could keep writing and i wait with much anticipation for her next book.

A superb read and an appreciated present for those in my life who have received it!!
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