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The Leap Year [Paperback]

The Contemporary Women Writers' Club , Miranda Glover , Lucy Cavendish , Jennie Walmsley , Anne Tuite-Dalton , Rachel Jackson , Alexa Hughes Wilson
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5 Nov 2009
The Leap Year by The Contemporary Women Writers' Club (CWWC) Lucy Cavendish, Miranda Glover, Alexa Hughes Wilson, Rachel Jackson, Anne Tuite-Dalton, Jennie Walmsley Introduced by Kathy Lette Intro/ The Leap Year is the CWWC's exciting launch collection. The challenging and compassionate stories show how unexpected moments change 12 women's lives: from blood and lust in Argentina, to secrets and grief in Montreal; a passionate reunion in New York, to a ghostly visitation in London; a honeymoon accident in Kenya, to a divine encounter in Hong Kong. "A triumph for women writing today..." Rosie Boycott "An ambitious adventure..." Victoria Glendinning

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited; 1st edition (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907211152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907211157
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Cavendish was born in the Home Counties in 1966. After school, she spent a year teaching in Kenya and began a love affair with Africa that is still on-going now. In fact, she has lived all over the world from Argentina to Zimbabwe, New York to Sydney. It was her endless thirst for adventure that won her a first award in journalism as Cosmopolitan's Young Travel Writer of the Year. Since then, she has gone on to carve a very successful career in journalism writing for the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Daily Mail and many women's magazines. She writes a column for Stella magazine for the Sunday Telegraph about her life as a Country Mother of Four. A few years ago, she was asked to take her experiences as a mother, a wife, a partner and an ex-partner to write a fictitous book. Her heroine, Samantha Smythe, is loosely based on herself but, as the Samantha Smythe trilogy grew, so her characters and story lines became increasingly less associated with her life. Her fourth novel, the Broken-Hearted Wives Club, is out next year.
Lucy Cavendish is also a member of the influential Contemporary Womens Writer's Group and has contributed two stories to their first collection The Leap Year. A second collection of stories will be out this autumn. She is also a founder member of Queen Bee press.
She lives in Oxfordshire with her partner, their four children, two dogs, two cats, a horse, a pony, two goldfish and four chickens. Lucy is thinking of getting a goat.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars in admiration 5 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
I was taken by this book! First, when I read in newspaper articles about the collection of women writers.. their lives, backgrounds and aspirations. Second, when I read it! and aren't short stores far harder to write than novels? (check our Bernard Shaw on the art of brevity!). This book does it for me. It gets my vote!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leap Year - a male perspective 10 Dec 2009
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Great read! "By women; for women, about women" I was told, well maybe, but much enjoyed by this man!

Compelling stories; wide range of locations and topics keeping it moving at pace. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Leap Year 7 Dec 2009
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What an excellent and exciting book that kept me reading on and on. A fantastic read, definatly worth buying as full of inventive and refreshing stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, entertaining, moving 16 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. The stories were very original, engaging, and really took you to the countries and cities where they are set. The women's emotional journeys are convincing and gripping. And sometimes funny (in a good way).
A really good read, and the stories, and characters, linger in your mind for a long time afterwards. I'd definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this! 10 Feb 2010
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A great read, and one in the eye for the old style publishing trade. Well written stories that held the interest all through.
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