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  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (2 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099462281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099462286
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,821,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Taylor worked for the Civil Service in London and Angola, and as a vice-consul in Sri Lanka before teaching in Japan. On her return, she read English at Oxford. When her first novel, Reading Between the Lines, was published in 1998 it immediately became a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller; her second novel, Going Against the Grain, was published in 1999 to great acclaim, followed by Rising to the Occasion and, most recently, Shooting at the Stars. She lives in Kent.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2000
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I was leant the previous novel written by Linda Taylor by a friend on the grounds that "You'll love it". Despite my initial scepticism I did indeed love it. However, I enjoyed Going Against the Grain far more. It seems that Taylor has capitalised on her main strengths such as quick wit and a perception of life in general to produce a book which, right from the outset, makes one both laugh out loud and relate to and idenfify with all the characters, both major and minor, all of whom appear three-dimensional and far removed from the pasteboard characters of Taylor's apparent peers. The linchpin of Taylor's strength lies in her unnerving ability to create an underlying environment of almost tangible quality on which to support her characters; it is so refreshing to read a book which is so close to reality when the bookshops' shelves are crammed with so-called Romantic Fiction, the content of which rarely rises above being both asinine and anodyne; the books where all the male characters are called 'Brad' or 'Jet', who invariably pull a surprise stately home out of a hat by way of a finale; where no one smokes or drinks and the dialogue (which often seems as though it were lifted from an Enid Blyton book), is so absurdly clipped and sterile as to make 'Brief Encounter' or an episode of 'The Archers' seem like 'Pulp Fiction' by comparison. For me, Going Against the Grain is a refreshingly class act.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2001
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Three women from the same family, mum and two daughters, are all at crisis point. The main character is the younger daughter, Louise. I loved the way her story wove in with the others yet they were all different characters. Just like my family, full of misunderstandings but your left knowing there's so much love between them it will work out. I loved the men in this story too. Someone told me to read it because it was like a Cathy Kelly, who I like too. It was - and more. I wasn't disappointed and have leant it to my mum and my husbands sister and they loved it too! A recomended read for any woman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 2001
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Linda Taylor can always be counted upon to bring us humor and despair and somehow make the pairing seem natural. I've read most, if not all, of her books and I find Going Against the Grain to be the most complex one of all - and in many ways, the most rewarding. You will at first find Louise highly annoying - and I believe that's Taylor's intent. She's flighty, irresponsible, and living for the moment. Then she finds she's pregnant, by the man she's just broken up with (and who was no great shakes to begin with). I haven't given away the story, because this is where the story takes off. Ultimately, we come to know four women who have all made wrong turns along the way - Louise was always obviously a flake, but it turns out that her successful sister, her mother, and her power lawyer best friend have all made terrible personal mistakes too, and must all learn to go forward - and grow - despite them...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2000
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Reading this book from my male perspective gave me much food for thought. Difficult issues were met full on and the chactherisation dialogue and movement were first class. Female authors can be notoriously difficult for men to read but Ms Taylor has avoided tarnishing all men instead giving a thought inducing,homourous but emotional account.
I can thoroughly recommend.
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By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2000
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Beautifully crafted and cleverly funny, real life at it's best. Shame that the cover does not reflect the quality of the content - luckily I had it recommended to me. My favourite bit is the protective approach of the two daughters to their mum, in two very different ways, and the non- flowery description of modern romance for all ages. I would say a must read, just starting Beating about the Bush and it's even better!
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This book encapsulates the journey to self-fullfilment of two generations of women tied by sisterly and motherly love. We laugh and cry through the saga of self-discovery that leads these women to unexpected and surprising destinies. HINT: Don't read this book if you're likely to be disturbed. You won't be able to put it down!
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