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Janet Watson
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12 Nov 2012
Dallas is on the telly, Abba are number one, Starsky and Hutch are on her bedroom wall, and Janet is falling in love for the first time. In the warm glow of the local pub, over cider, Tetleys and with a close-knit gang of friends, life for Janet and Mark couldn't be better. Then, one morning, her mother's worst fears for Janet are realised and a decision is made that will change everything. Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge is a true story from the emotional front line of a first love. This beautiful and vivid account of Mark and Janet, their lives, love and loss, shows how the mind has an uncanny ability to ignore what it doesn't want to acknowledge. Until it has to.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Route Publishing (12 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901927539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901927535
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was revising for a psychology exam when I started writing Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge. I would leave the small cottage where I was staying to revise away from my small sons and the endless cacophony of demands and Thomas the Tank Engine videos, to take a walk along the river, return to write an essay about child development, and find my brain wanted to blurt Wentbridge all over my paper. The book wanted to be written... and I realised that it might help me work though and come to terms with what happened in my life when I was 18.
Wentbridge makes readers laugh and cry and everything inbetween, often on buses, or so I've been told. I'm sure you'll like it if you give it a go.

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'To quote the old song - I thought I'd found her letters and read each one out loud. This is a very touching story about first love and last rites. It's also about how, in order to be in tune with our present and then move on, we invariably have to visit something painful from the past.' --Ian Clayton

'The author drew on her teenage diaries for this poignant yet hilarious memoir about finding and losing your first love. The vividly depicted memories will make readers wince with recollection, but aside from its funny moments, it's ultimately very moving' --Sunday Mirror

About the Author

Janet Watson was born in Hull and studied in Sheffield before working as a journalist in Yorkshire and Edinburgh. She lives in Scotland, and works as a freelance writer, editor, and counsellor.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-breaking, optimistic, honest, beautiful. 10 Jun 2013
Janet Watson has written a sincere and moving autobiography using her teenage diaries as backdrop and frame to a contemporary bereavement. Without a hint of self-indulgence, the author explores the tensions and passions of her teens and early twenties, including the love affair around which the whole book pivots. She handles dialogue beautifully - these people have audible voices - and describes her love for Mark in refreshingly honest terms,from the romantic, to the everyday frustrations and imperfections. This is a luminous book about real life: about love, loss, motherhood, daughterhood, about sex, longing and fear, regret and the terrible pain of hindsight. It's a must-read for parents, forcing us to look beyond present disagreement with our children to the health of our future with them. And it's a fabulous story, whose last third I had to read in one sitting into the small hours. This book must surely have taken courage to write. It deserves to be numbered amongst our best-sellers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A combinationof diary and biography' 1 Dec 2012
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The title is paradoxical - everything happens here! Snippets from a teenager's diary are skilfully interwoven into her adult memoir, providing the reader with an unexpected but especially emotional journey. Conventional? - not this one! Each chapter demands immediate sight of the next - until foresight for the feared finale delays revelation of the bombshell!
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4.0 out of 5 stars You don't know what you have until it's gone 24 Nov 2012
The author narrates the tale in the strong, clear voices of her teenage and adult self. A beautifully paced book that keeps the reader engaged. More importantly, it lingers on in the mind long after the last page. Billed as a memoir, this personal story will resonate in many different ways at different times. I rather rushed through the book but fully expect to read it again, picking up on new emotions each time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mothers Day Gift 4 April 2014
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I got my mum this book for mothers day and it went down really well! She couldn't put it down and was gripped within the first few pages. It made her cry but she found the story very enjoyable. Since we live in Wakefield it seemed even more appropriate to get my mum a book that she could relate to. She used go to all the same pubs and she is even the same age as the author herself. I am extremely impressed with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite book 3 Dec 2013
This book made me sob then laugh then sob again! Beautifully written, this story built from memoirs made me think of my own teenagehood and the memories I have of school and college despite it being in a different time. I can only compare it akin to a factual Adrian Mole but so much more alive. the book leads you through love and loss honestly and passionately with a witty humour that stopped me from putting it down. I wonder if reading it again in 10 years time will leave me with more to understand and compare!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loads happened in Wentbridge 12 Nov 2013
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Having just finished this book I thought it important to let others know what a find it was. Thoroughly engaging, honest and beautifully put together. Once started I just could not put the book down. If you only read one book this year make it this one, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and deeply moving... 1 Feb 2014
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Speaking as a diary obsessed teenager of the '80's this book held me in a nostalgic grip from start to finish. I thought it was beautifully written and although it was no secret what was about to come, when it finally did it was like a physical blow - testament surely to how perfectly judged the writing is. Laugh out loud funny, incredibly touching and deeply sad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully evocative and thought provoking.
Beautifully written account of growing up and facing love and loss in all it's dimensions. I could not put it down. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of stuff happens in Wentbridge
The first thing that comes to mind after reading this rather unsettling (but worthwhile) book is the line by Philip Roth about misunderstanding people and things. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing ever happens in Wentbridge.
I purchased the book for a family friend and so far after a few pages it seems a good read, and expect it will be good once completed.
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This must be the most open and honest writing I've ever seen (no emotion or feeling is left out) and I couldn't wait to get back to it the minute I put it down. Read more
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