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Love Songs and Lies [Kindle Edition]

Libby Purves
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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'A bouncy and enlightening read' (Good Housekeeping)

'The story is cleverly and compellingly told, full of perceptive insights and reflections, the Seventies period details are squirmingly familiar, the influence of Eng. Lit on a developing emotional consciousness is sensitively woven in, the parallel lives of students then and now are neatly drawn' (Spectator)

'Purves is a fine writer and the slow pace at the start of the novel proves well pitched to heighten the rising tension of the story' (She)

'Purves is good on modern morality, its subtle seductions and its potential to disrupt' (Saga)

Book Description

A story about coming of age in 1970s Oxford. Politics and the Pill. Pot and poetry. Glamrock and groupies. The way we were. Love isn't always the answer.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (14 Jun. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VD60I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing which pulled me into the story 7 July 2007
I've read a few of Libby Purves' books and really enjoyed them all - this one was no exception.
It started well in that I found myself liking Sally very quickly and was able to understand how she had found herself in her various awkward situations.
The style of the narrative is very self deprecating which gave me a huge feeling of empathy towards Sally.
The book is written from a retrospective point of view as if writing memoires later in life. I found it very interesting how Sally described her feelings about events at the time and then added information that she had found out since and her feelings now whilst writing (sometimes very different).
The family situation is impossible and seemingly over-complicated but written in a way to make it completely believeable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 5 Sept. 2007
This is not normally the sort of book I go for, but I was attracted by the cover and thought it would be a good book to take on holiday.
I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be much more than the old-fashioned yarn I was expecting.
Purves' writing is effortless - the style alone is enough to carry the flow of the book. The characters, who appear a little stereotypical at first, grow with the story and all have depth. I found myself identifying with Sally, despite her own admitions that she is naive and pathetic at times.
Sally's university years are particularly interesting, with comparisons between the 1970s and today highlighting extreme differences but also amusing similarities.
The plot of 'Love Songs and Lies' is somewhat unbelievable - everything that could possibly happen does. However, the narration makes it real, particularly as the story is recounted with hindsight by Sally much later in her life. I couldn't put the book down, I just wanted to know what happened next. At the end, it feels as though you've been riding along with the characters for so much of their lives that it's hard to close the cover and forget about them.
My criticism of the book, as mentioned above, is that sometimes elements of the plot are not entirely necessary and seem to have been included simply to add another 'twist'.
My advice is to just take it all with a pinch of salt and enjoy the story for what it is. Read it - you'll be staring at the back cover long after you've finished.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Raffles
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is Libby Purves' eleventh novel, and her first written in the first person. Much longer and more detailed than the previous two, which were little more than Aga Sagas, it marks a welcome return to the demanding maturity of "Passing Go" and "Mother Country". Covering a span of more than twenty years, and moving from an affectionate portrait of 70's Oxford to London and the States, it makes an absorbing and satisfying read. The characters are believable, the plot mainly well-crafted and the shock near the end delightfully unexpected. As always with Libby Purves, there are one or two minor annoyances: a gratuitus rape and a piece of almost embarrassing ignorance of church practice on the very last page (Roman Catholics really should check their facts when writing about Anglicans) that spoils an otherwise delightful ending. But overall a splendid read, and well worth the price of a hardback copy. Don't wait for the paperback, read it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet 4 July 2007
I can't decide whether this is her best book yet or whether I am particularly susceptible to a novel written looking back on the narrator's university life from a mature mid-life perspective. But I am inclined to the former and look forward even more eagerly than usual to her next. The characters and the different way the narrator perceives them at different ages of her life are true to life, likewise the way funerals reflect the reality of the family. The changing sexual mores between now and the 70s are handled with skill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recreation of life in the 70s 9 Oct. 2009
By S. Holt
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I didn't want this book to end. It started in Oxford in the 70s and was exactly how I recalled life then and cleverly Libby has picked out all the areas of life which have totally changed since then and explained them so younger readers can understand the context in which the novel was set. I thought it was charming and I can recall meeting a lot of people like the characters in this novel. Having seen Libby at the Hay on Wye festival this year I could hear her reading the novel and this book confirms me as a firm fan.
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