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In the Beginning [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Dunne
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In the beginning there was a very ordinary family – Ben, Rose, and their three children. Then, one morning, without warning, Ben leaves and Rose is left to face life alone. This is the story of Rose and Ben's marriage and how Rose struggles to reinvent her life when he has gone.

'Beautifully written, perfectly paced and very, very moving.' Roddy Doyle


Catherine Dunne is the prize-winning author of nine novels, the most recent of which is ‘The Things We Know Now’. She has also published one work of nonfiction, a social history of Irish immigrants in London, called ‘An Unconsidered People’.

Catherine was awarded the International Prize at the Vigevano Literary Festival in Italy in 2006, and has been shortlisted for, among others, the Kerry Group

Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Italian Booksellers’ Award.

‘In the Beginning’ was her first novel. It was translated into several languages and became an international bestseller

Catherine Dunne lives in Dublin.

About the Author

Catherine Dunne was born in Dublin in 1954. She studied English and Spanish at Trinity College and went on to teach at Greendale Community School. She lives on the north side of Dublin with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Fadó Fadó (29 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DKDSJAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 2 July 2013
By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the story of Rose and the events that lead up to Catherine Dunne's Something Like Love. I read them in the wrong order, but it doesn't really matter, it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this read at all. The story starts with Rose cooking breakfast. Her husband Ben walks in and calmly announces that he is leaving her. From that moment on I was totally in Rose's corner. She doesn't have the luxury of falling into a pit of self pity, she has the kids to get up and get off to school. That really sets the scene for the whole book. It is the story of a woman who has to find the strength to keep going for the sake of her children and make a new life, independent of her husband. Not least is the fact that she has to earn money, something which she has never had to do as she has never worked outside the home before, so she has to come up with a plan to enter the workplace and put food on the table for her kids.

The charm of the book is the family itself. Rose and her children are so normal, they are like any other family. As you are reading it, you know that what is happening is probably being repeated over and over to other families "in the real world" and their reactions to the separation are going to be pretty much on a level with those of Rose and her family.

This was a really enjoyable, gentle read, very much character led, one that you get completely drawn into. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book on the strength of a woman 7 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
this book is one of those you can't stop reading. The story itself is very simple: Ben leaves Rose because he is in love with someone else and there she is left with three children. What is so peculiar about this book is how well all the relationships among the characters are described, you do start to know Rose and her children bit by bit and you get the feeling that this might be your friend going through the biggest defy of her life: building a new life without a husband, who was basically the pillar of the entire family. Rose has to start from anew: in her relationship with her children, with her husband but above all with her own life. It seems to me that the way the character evolves in the story is absolutely true. One little step after the other Rose is able to re-conquer all that she thought she already had. But this time she is definetly more self conscious and it feels like she is getting the reins of her life back into her own hands. Sha can cope without Ben...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close To Home 16 July 2013
By Sue
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Our dad left our mum for another woman .... although we were married ourselves by then not children. This has been a strange journey for me taking me back in time to endless, emotional conversations where my poor mum tried to make sense of it all. She has always been a daughter, a wife, a mother leaving little time for herself but while things didn't play out as dramatically as they do here there are many similarities. I'm not sure I could say I enjoyed the book but I am going to start the sequel straight away ... this book had me immersed in the emotion of it all from page one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the Beginning 10 Dec 2013
By Irene
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I really enjoyed this book and was really happy for Rose the way it turned out. I really felt for the children but Rose is a great mum. One of those books that you can't put down. A nice easy read but with a lot of emotional moments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 14 July 2013
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Read this and had to get the sequel - both excellent. Well-writtnen and thought-provoking. Enjoyed both books very much and hope to reaqd more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 16 April 2014
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I really enjoyed this book although when you try to explain the story line to people it sounds really depressing! I liked the characters and found it an easy book to pick up and put down, for a bit of relaxation
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful discovery 10 Feb 2014
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I'm a great fan of Irish writing - the tiny damp isle seems to have bred so many fine writers and poets. Catherine Dunne was recommended by an Italian friend who'd read her in translation and loved the novel. It's a great plot - Rose strives to be the perfect executive wife - immaculate home, pampered children, beautifully cooked meals - and she believes her world, though not ideal (what marriage ever is) is stable and secure. But one morning her husband, off on a business trip to Europe, turns round at the door and tells her that he's leaving and he won't be back.

The shock of the announcement brings everything that Rose had believed to be rock-solid, tumbling in rubble around her ears and there are a series of unpleasant discoveries waiting for her. What do you do if you put your card in the wall and no money comes out of the cash machine? How do you feed your children and pay the bills when the bank account is empty?

I loved the way the book was written - lived each episode with the characters and enjoyed every moment of Rose's revenge. I'm going to be reading more of Catherine Dunne's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 Feb 2014
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Very well written, kept me gripped. Was good to see how she handles herself through it all. First read of her books, worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not brilliant but did read very slowly would not let it stop me from trying this authors other books in future
Published 9 months ago by lynruncorn
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
really enjoyed this
this is funny and heart breaking at the same time cant wait to read the sequel, first time i have read a book from this author and i will continue
Published 9 months ago by sharon livingstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday read
Very easy read, family saga. Really enjoyed it and read the sequel straight away which was equally as good. Will read others by the same author.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. J. Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
This was the first time I had read anything by Catherine Dunne and it was a brilliant read, have now started the sequel to this.
Published 10 months ago by Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Very enjoyable. Read both this and the follow up on a lazy long weekend break. You are cheering her on all the way.
Published 11 months ago by ZELDA
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving story of love, loss and betrayal
Catherine Dunne writes of love, loss and betrayal in a moving fashion without resorting the maudlin.I await her next novel with great anticipation!!
Published 11 months ago by June Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars **************
Great really enjoyed this book, would recommend it as it was easy to read and the characters likeable !! !
Published 11 months ago by Joanne Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of courage and strength
Rose's marriage of over 20 years ends when her husband Ben informs her he no longer loves her and walks out leaving her with 3 children, no job to speak of, no money and a million... Read more
Published 11 months ago by ***Jesus Loves YOU!***
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a 'bland' read
I did enjoy this but it did not make me want to go on and read the next in the series.
Published 12 months ago by Hampshire Julie
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