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Lessons for a Sunday Father [Paperback]

Claire Calman
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15 Jan 2001
It's never too late to grow up...This is the story of: Scott, who finds his belongings outside in a bin bag one day and realises he may have made a big mistake; Gail, who wishes her husband were under guarantee so she could send him back and get a refund; Nat, who discovers that growing up isn't all it's cracked up to be; Rosie, who just wants her Dad back - or if not, then at least some new glitter nail polish; four lives, one story: love, loss and learning to be a grown-up.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; 1st Paperback Edition edition (15 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552998540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552998543
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some things just can't be undone. For Scott and Gail, Scott's five-minute indiscretion was the end of their 15-year marriage. Told from the individual perspectives of each member of the family, every chapter is a new voice and the family takes it in turns to tell us its story.

Scott is the husband and father, who feels rather a failure at both, and wonders how he will survive with the binliner of belongings his wife tossed out onto the front lawn; Gail, the wife and mother, is sick of being the responsible parent, and questions whether Scott's affair was just the excuse she was looking for to get out of her marriage; Nat, or Natty, is the 13-year-old son who resents his father for leaving, but likes to distract himself by winding up his little sister; and Rosie is a precocious nine-year-old, who loves her Daddy, the colour mauve, lollies and glittery nail polish.

Lessons for a Sunday Father is a clever, funny and poignant treatment of a sore subject--the break up of the family. It follows on from the success Calman achieved with Love is a Four Letter Word, for which she was short-listed for the "Finest First Novel Featuring Biscuits on the Cover" award. Calman is a writer whose awards even reflect her cynical and quirky sense of humour! --Neena Dutta


‘Funny, traumatic and with the searing sting of truth, this is a moving novel about the realignment of a family’ -- Marie Claire

‘Mature, sensitive and tear-teasing’ -- The Mirror

‘Very funny…written with sympathy and humour’ -- The Times

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly wonderful. 27 Nov 2001
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I adored Love is a Four-Letter Word, so I was predisposed to enjoy Lessons for a Sunday Father. I was not disappointed. Calman is capable of making her readers laugh and cry simultaneously -- a rare talent.
As another reviewer mentioned, Rosie is a delight. But all the characters are so real that you can believe you know them and what they're going through.
I'm looking forward to Calman's next effort; I can only hope that she can continue to work her magic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...shame about the cover 15 Nov 2001
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This was a fantastic read. It's split into 4 different voices as a family (2 children, 2 parents) suffer a divorce. It's touching, poignant and at times funny...
But, as other amazon reviewers have noted, why on earth does it have a silly Chick Lit cover on the front? I had to make it point because as a result I was putting off buying this book for months until someone forced it onto me. I think it is a shame as publishers seem to do this more and more - wrapping an intelligent read by a female in a trashy cover, and I think it loses readers rather than gaining them! I would put Claire Calman in the ranks of other fine female writers such as Polly Sampson and Maggie O'Farrell for her insight and sensitivity...I look forward to more from Claire Calman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a story of emotional nitty-gritty 22 Feb 2001
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I found the jacket design of Claire Calman's "Lessons for a Sunday Father" rather misleading. It's much less of a fantasy love story than her excellent "Love is a Four Letter Word" which had a similar cover. This new novel is more nitty-gritty throughout. The rush of all kinds of emotions in the splitting marriage is full of the humour and sexiness of her first book but digs deeper, hurts more and feels true. The nine-year old Rosie is an unforgettable commentator from first to last. I loved it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great 4-way read! 1 Mar 2001
What an excellent read. This book takes the perspective of 4 characters involved in a marriage break-up, the father, the mother and the 2 children. What an excellent idea! This mean we can see how the break-up affects everyone and how people's actions can be misinterpreted by others. I would thoroughly recommend this book even if you didn;t like "Love is a Four Letter Word". This is sexy, funny and just a little bit good!!!
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