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Jane Davis
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Book Description

28 May 2013
Wouldn't you feel cheated if it turned out that the woman you'd imagined to be the villain of your childhood was actually someone rather extraordinary? Edwardian Brighton. A wide-eyed girl enters Mr Parker’s photographic studio and receives her first lesson about the rising medium that is to shape her life: “Can you think of a really good memory? Perhaps you can see it when you close your eyes. Now think how much better it would be if you could take it out and look at whenever you wanted to!” 2009: Disgraced politician Sir James Hastings has resigned himself to living out his retirement in a secluded Surrey village. He doesn’t react when he learns that the mother who had abandoned him dies at the age of 108: he imagined she had died many years ago. Brought up by his father, a charismatic war-hero turned racing driver, the young James, torn between blaming himself and longing, eventually dismissed her as the ‘villain’ of his childhood. But, when he inherits her life’s work – a photography collection spanning over six decades - he is forced to both confront his past and re-evaluate what he wants from his old age. Assisted by student Jenny Jones, who has recently lost her own mother to cancer, Sir James is persuaded to look at the photographs as if he is seeing through his mother’s eyes, only to discover an extraordinary tale of courage and sacrifice. “Three. I have three stories,” Lottie Parker tells her solicitor while putting her affairs in order. “But it was Oscar Wilde who said that a story is almost certainly a lie.”

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Product details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148028887X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480288874
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Davis lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, star-gazing, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. Her first novel, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as 'A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.' She has since published three further novels, 'These Fragile Things', 'I Stopped Time' and 'A Funeral for an Owl'. Compulsion Reads agree that she is 'one to watch' describing her as 'a phenomenal writer whose ability to create well-rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless.'

When Jane is not writing, you will find her half way up a mountain with a camera in hand.

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About the Author

Jane Davis lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, star-gazing, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. Her first novel, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as ‘A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.’ Compulsion Reads agree that she is 'one to watch' having selected These Fragile Things as one of their Irresistible Reads, writing 'Davis is a phenomenal writer,' and endorsing I Stopped Time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Jane Davis is truly a writer's writer. She has taken an entire century - a feat in itself worthy of Ken Follett or Gabriel Garcia Marquez - and covered it with the richness of her characterisation, presenting a family that is beautifully flawed, brimming with affection, and inimitably human.

I Stopped Time concerns the lives of Lottie Pye and her son James Hastings. A young woman in the early-twentieth-century, she narrates her tale from her deathbed over a hundred years later, retrospectively apologising to the son she never knew. Her life as a Brighton photographer who seizes the chance for success and moves to London before the First World War, Lottie constantly feels the call of home, and eventually returns to the life she knew as a child, with her adoptive family and the friends she holds so close, leaving behind her gentleman husband and a son who is still in nappies.

This narrative is interspersed with her son's own story, as he is faced with all of the photographs his mother has ever taken. It is through the work of a woman connected to him only by DNA that he learns about his mother, and about himself, none of which could be accomplished without the help of Jenny Jones - the young woman who persuades the lovable yet curmudgeonly old politician.

When reading the novel, one cannot help suspect that Davis' characters were alive on more than the pages of I Stopped Time. This is something only the writer will know, but one has to admire her ability to transcend authorial intrusion and present the reader with a set of voices - from a young girl in 1910 to an old man in 2009 - so unique and characteristically identifiable that the book, rather than a work of fiction, reads like a diary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 26 Feb 2013
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I normally read crime or thrillers on my long train commute, mainly because I find so few books from other genre that blot out the hassles of commuting.

I enjoy photography and live in Brighton so was recommended this. Pleased that I was.

However, you don't need to have these in common to enjoy this book. Credible storyline that kept my attention and provided an insight into how society has changed. A good yarn.

Have now bought another book by the same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 26 Feb 2013
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I loved this book for so many reasons and really wished my commute was even longer than it already is. I am pretty hard to please and came across a lot of rubbish on my kindle, but this is just magical. I was captivated by Lottie's beautifully told story. What an excellent writer!
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A totally enthralling & emotive story that left me wishing my train journey to & from work were longer; I was strangely grateful when there were delays!

I loved the way the chapters flitted between the 2 main characters; Lottie & her 'unknown' son James, & how the story unfolded decades apart. Using the legacy of Lottie's photos in her son's later years as the window to the past he never knew had a gripping & somewhat emotional effect for me, the reader. A very clever concept by the author.

I truly felt the frustration (& anger) of a very young woman having to make incredibly difficult decisions & endure terrible circumstances that would affect her entire life, not to mention that of her son's. The compelling belief that Lottie felt she had no choice than to maintain her decisions for nearly another 90 years with such awful consequences, is so hard to comprehend with today's choices & women's rights. There were times when I felt such a strong urge to step back in time to give someone a piece of my mind!

The detail Jane captured from the 1920s & the contrast of 2009 was wonderful; I could visualise her chapters with such clarity. Her references to Brooklands Museum & race track had a particular resonence for me as I got married there last year.

This story really makes you think about (& shudder at) the things people hide, rightly or wrongly, from their loved ones - even now.

Another fantastic book from Jane. Can't wait for the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - I Stopped Time by Jane Davis 17 Feb 2013
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This is the first time I have written a review for any product/book on the internet, but thought I would let you know that I have just finished reading I Stopped Time by Jane Davis. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The book is seen through the eyes of two people, a mother & her son though the mother left when the son was still a baby and had no contact from then on (apart from one chance meeting whilst the son was still a young boy). The mother became a photographer and did that for a living. As photography is my passion, the book was very interesting as Lottie (mother/photographer) took up photography as a child, almost a 100 years ago.

This is the 2nd book I have read by Jane Davis. The first, Half Truths & White Lies was excellent. I read that in paperback. What I like about her books is that there is no bad or offensive language - something that you cannot say about a lot of books these days. Jane also she writes with such feeling and giving get attention to detail that it makes you care about the characters in the book.

I am now looking forward to starting These Fragile Things also by Jane Davis which is sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read.

I would recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than her first novel which won The Daily Mail First Novel...
I hate reviews with plot spoilers. Don't expect a narrative - if you want that read the book. I can tell you that as a bookseller I am delighted that Jane has agreed to a signing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Snell
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, beautifully written
From its intriguing title to its perfect closing line (don't cheat and read it first!), this is a compelling story cleverly skipping between two time frames, primarily the story of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Young
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
It wasn't what I was expecting I though it would be more awesome. It was an ok read but a bit dull at times.
Published 1 month ago by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars As I have come to expect from this author, a highly enjoyable read
Jane Davis just gets better and better. An interesting plot, well-written and with credible, warm characters 'I Stopped Time' is a treat of a read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Didn't want to put it down.
I love Jane's books and can't wait for the next one to come out.
Intrigue and interest draws you in as the characters and their relationships, both past and present, unfold. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lilian Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars I missed my stop reading, yet again!
I finished this novel a few weeks ago, but the story plot and the characters remained with me. Once again, I forgot about the whole world while reading on the tube and missed my... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anna from Poland
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
This book is utterly compelling, carefully blending together the stories of a mother and son to create a a family history running through the twentieth century. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Msissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
I was looking for a word to describe "I stopped time" by Jane Davis. Captivating seems to sum it up very well! Read more
Published 7 months ago by uvray
5.0 out of 5 stars I stopped time was an excellent read
I chose this rating because, once started I could not put it down. It is unusual for me to read fiction from beginning to end without putting the book down and forgetting about it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dr John R Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing
I loved this book and I got totally absorbed in it. It is very clever, the two stories unfold side by side in a very compelling way. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SJD
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