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Frozen Music [Kindle Edition]

Marika Cobbold
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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'Dreamy yet dextrous' (Observer)

'Deliciously descriptive ... beneath its charm lie serious truths' (She)

'A warm, funny novel' (Daily Mail)

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'My Name is Esther Fisher and I'm about to walk out on the only man I've ever loved...'Esther has been angry all her life - angry with her impossible parents, and at a world that just won't play by the rules. Now working as a tabloid journalist, she takes up the fight once more - this time on behalf of a couple who are being evicted from their home to make room for an opera house. The architect on the project is Swedish-born Linus, a successful, yet dreamy man who is also trying to put his childhood anxieties behind him. When Esther's professional integrity comes head to head with her growing friendship with Linus she begins to wonder if ultimately this is a fight with no winners...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2054 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (15 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00746TVZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. 15 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love reading. And sometimes it gets annoying reading novel after novel without finding THE ONE, a novel that will leave you sorry you have finished it.This is just such a novel! I started reading it and couldn't stop. I was gripped and was only released after I read the last page. I was tempted to start all over again immediately! It is romantic, but not annoyingly so and the characters are really well drawn. Most people will recognize themselves in one of them, most people will think 'I have felt this as well'. it is cleverly done as well and some episodes that seem anecdotic prove important in
the long run. A really good read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars parents, love, media (in that order) 15 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Frozen Music starts out rather undetached, describing the childhood, with a lot of funny and pointing observations. Then the lead character falls in love and we dig in. However, the end made me think again about all the threads about the media and private lives which are scattered throughout the book. There is a moral here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing and Entertaining Story 30 July 2012
By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My name is Esther Fisher and I'm just about to walk out on the only man I've ever loved. I'm thirty four and a latecomer to love, which makes this all the harder".

Esther Fisher, a journalist living in London, tells us the story of her lonely childhood and of her love/hate relationship with her very feminine, rather vague mother, Audrey, who makes no secret of the fact that she finds Esther too independently minded. As times goes on, we see Esther develop into a rather confused and obsessive adult, who worries continually that something she unwittingly does will have a tragic effect on someone else. This eventually becomes so paralysing that Esther cannot do her job effectively and she finds herself heading for a complete breakdown. Esther realizes she must do something to take hold of her life, but she isn't quite sure what.

Running parallel to Esther's story we read about Linus Stendal, a talented architect living in Sweden who grows up alone with his father, after his mother commits suicide. (No spoilers here, we learn this early in the novel). When his father marries Olivia, an English woman, who is a friend of Esther's mother, Linus and Esther learn quite a lot about each other, but when they finally meet in England, they find themselves in direct opposition to one another, and when Linus returns to Sweden, neither of them expects to meet again. However, family circumstances force them together again when Esther comes to Linus's beautiful holiday home, and as Esther gets to know Linus better, she is surprised to find herself falling for him. But Linus has met the lovely Pernilla with her golden hair, golden skin and beautiful green eyes, so why should he pay any attention to Esther?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT like pride and prejudice 18 May 2012
By lesley
Format:Paperback
On the front of the copy that I read, it said that it was like a swedish pride and prejudice, but that is completely wrong. It is different type of romance which is always a good thing. It seemed to me to be about Aspergers Syndrome. The way both the main characters are described indicates this. For example, They like lists and keeping everything in it's place. They are perceived as odd by others and see things differently. Their parents also display the symptom of not being able to show affection. I'm glad I read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quietly compelling read 8 Jan 2010
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I don't know how I missed this one when it came out, but having read most of Marika's other novels I was expecting something good, and that is exactly what I got. I loved the slow intertwining of two related groups of people,I quickly got to understand and sympathise with the two main protagonists, and the story had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. When you finish a book and immediately miss the world it created, then you know it was a good one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric Love Story 5 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Marika Cobbold's charming book takes the conventions of the love-story and turns them on their head - this is a real sweetheart of a book, funny, good-natured, well-written. But no Pollyanna stuff here, because Cobbold's characters can have a waspish tart side to them. Human, very human, and perceptive too.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 1 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
Book was bought by my Mother who generally has fairly obscure taste in literature. She has redeemed herself. Frozen music is witty and charming, recommended to all!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Where You Least Expect It 23 July 2013
By Kate Hopkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the fourth Marika Cobbold I've read and I have to admit that I don't 'get' her books (probably my fault, not hers!). Her mixture of Scandinavian melancholy and whimsical, slightly wacky humour leave me feeling far more depressed than the straightforwardly bleak plays and films of her countrymen Strindberg and Bergman. Cobbold is fascinated with people who don't quite fit in to society (from the old lady dying of Alzheimer's and her granddaughter who can't settle to anything in 'Guppies for Tea' to Eliza, who believes she's killed her best friend and sets out to make everyone's lives (particularly her own) as miserable as possible in reparation in the recent 'Drowning Rose'). In this novel we have two outsiders, brought together initially by a violent disagreement, who slowly realize that they are falling in love.

Esther Fisher, the first person narrator for much of the novel, is a sufferer from obsessive compulsive syndrome. This, coupled with a tricky relationship with her smothering, overprotective mother (who wants a quiet, musical prodigy for a daughter and gets the cross Esther instead) means that she has a thoroughly miserable childhood. She tries to control her messy life by setting herself a series of strict rules for living. These get her through Oxford and into a career as a tabloid journalist (for one of the better tabloids). But when her rules prove useless to prevent two disasters, she suffers a nervous breakdown and begins to find decision making impossible. She is roused from her depression by hearing the news that a Kent businessman is planning to build a 'people's opera house' in the Kent countryside - unfortunately demolishing an old cottage inhabited by an eighty-something brother and sister in the process.
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