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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (24 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747549362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747549369
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,605,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Trollope has written several highly-acclaimed contemporary novels: The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector's Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People's Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South and Friday Nights. Other People's Children has been shown on BBC television as a major drama serial. Under the name of Caroline Harvey she writes romantic historical novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters. Joanna was born in Gloucestershire and lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

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The court official leaned closer.
"What's gone past", he said 'is not just an advocate, any old lady advocate. What's gone past is his Honour's totty".

And what's going past is the life of Guy Stockdale, a 62-year-old judge, who has been married forever, has two sons--Simon and Alan--and three grandchildren. For the past seven years, he has also had a mistress; Merrion Palmer is intelligent, attractive and half Guy's age, which also makes her younger than both Simon and Alan. Her dad died when she was a toddler and she is well aware that Guy is something of a father substitute. For years the role of mistress has suited her but then, suddenly, this style of relationship isn't enough for either of them. They have both had enough of sneaking around and avoiding people, so Guy has momentously made up his mind to leave his wife Laura and marry Merrion.

Marrying the Mistress dives into the shock-waves that buffet the Stockdale family after Guy leaves Laura. The novel addresses the question of how his sons are going to cope, the explosive opinions of his forthright daughter-in-law Carrie and what his teenage grandchildren make of it all. Can any of them avoid taking sides? Should they? And what about the abandoned wife Laura, a woman apparently so long-sufferingly self-sacrificing she makes Mother Teresa look selfish?

From queen of the aga saga Joanna Trollope comes a dexterous portrayal of the causes and effects of marital breakdown: the stresses, the battle of wills, the bitterness and personal growth, the renegotiation of relationships--and an exposure of the depths to which the moral high ground can sink. --Lisa Gee

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"Particularly rich and satisfying" (Mail on Sunday)

"Clever, clever, clever... probes right to the heart of a typically modern dilemma" (Daily Mail)

"Brilliant" (Spectator)

"A swift and riveting read" (The Times)

"This is Trollope at her best" (Woman & Home) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a really modern story, up to the minute and deals with difficult cirumstances in a sympathetic way. However, there are many stereo-typical themes which are found in many books of the same genre. The story is slow in parts and there is very little change of pace throughout. This is typically Trollope - a good read but not a book that needs to be read more than once!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By andrea.aitkins@hess.com on 20 Mar. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read some of the comments about Joanne Trollope's new book and am very surprised by some of them. I was enthralled and couldn't put the book down. Maybe because I have been through something a bit similar I could understand. I actually starting crying at the end when Jack and his grandfather were talking in the garden. I thought it was the best book Joanne has written and I have read them all! I can't wait for the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenna on 16 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
In her usual fashion, Joanna Trollope has gone right to the heart of an emotional tangle in this story. She demonstrates the ripple effect which touches each member of a family when news of a betrayal comes out into the open.
Whilst the affair between Guy and Merrion was kept secret, all appeared quite comfortable in his family, at least on the surface, but once Guy decides to come clean and marry his mistress, the family dynamics shift dramatically forcing other subtly hidden problems to emerge and demand attention.
Likewise, Merrion has her issues, and her already difficult and complicated realtionship with her mother undergoes a thorough shake up.
One of the main strengths of this book is the author's ability to create wholly believable characters. She really does tap into the complicated emotions triggered by loyalty and dependency issues, creating an interesting and satisfying story.
This is clever writing, and although the storyline is fairly easy to predict, this is largely attributable to the fact it is so easy to get to know the characters in depth. All together a good read. Not her best, but good nonetheless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bibliophile on 3 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this book rather boring, and the action was slow. The subject area was an interesting aspect to chose, and it was quite well written, but I felt it was one of those books you must finish-always do try to finish all books-I did not care too much about the ending, as I felt nothing spectactular was going to happen.The characters were quite well portrayed, and I though Simon's children were particularly adolescent enough to be believable.
This is not the sort of book that you would want to read again or to even keep. I would find it difficult to recommend this book to anyone as I would find it hard to justify to them why they should read it. It was just another book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
The characters were one dimensional, the plot was weak. I found it difficult to even finish, only persevered beacuse I couldn't believe that it was the same book I had read raving reviews about.... If you really must read this then do yourself a favour - borrow it from the library
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2000
Format: Hardcover
As the daughter of parents who went through a similar experience, I found this a facinating and absorbing read that gave me an insight into what may have gone on between my father and the wicked woman who started as his mistress, but to whom he really did go on to marry...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm not the sort of person who would usually write a nasty book review but the plot of this book has driven me to it! The story was so completely boring that it became a chore to finish it. This was the first Joanna Trollope book I have read, it will also be the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shouna Falconer on 22 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
I've read three other Joanna Trollope books and, while I didn't think them outstanding, they were good reliable reads. This one has put me off reading any more of her books.

To detail everything I thought was wrong with it would take too long and would result in a review so long that nobody would have enough patience to finish reading it. So I'll just deal with the things that irritated me most.

Firstly, there are too many inaccuracies. One of the characters works in a GP practice and we are told that a doctor is called to the hospital for an emergency anaesthetic. What a strange hospital that must be if it has to call on a GP to do the work of its anaesthetists! That just doesn't happen. Then we have Jack, a sixteen year old boy whose first external exams are little more than a year away. What external exams can these be? A student who is sixteen at the start of the GCSE year will have only eight months until the exams. Most students will have their sixteenth birthdays some time between the start of the year in September and the end of the school year in July, with a few not turning sixteen until the summer holidays immediately following the exams. So sixteen year olds are much closer than a year to their exams. Still on the subject of Jack, we're told he goes out round pubs with his friends and is only turned away from a nightclub. And we're told his Dad takes him out for a drink. Doesn't she know anything about the licensing laws? In England and Wales sixteen and seventeen year olds may only consume alcohol (and even then just wine and beer)in restaurants with meals and accompanied by a parent of guardian.
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