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Regatta [Kindle Edition]

Libby Purves
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sheila Harrison always looks forward to the descent of the summer visitors onto 'Seafret', her tall brick house right on the front at Blythney, in East Anglia. She loves the way her spare bedrooms are full, from June to September, with successive waves of children - schoolfriends of her own three and the waifs and strays sent by the Country Hosts' Association.

But Sheila is not prepared for the upheaval caused by one young girl, Anansi, who arrives from a background that Sheila can only guess at. Urban, streetwise, knowing beyond her years, Anansi refuses to be patronised by Sheila's well-meaning attempts to make her feel at home. She looks at Sheila, her family and friends, with eyes unclouded by familiarity - and drops a bombshell. Even when the dust has settled, summers will never be the same again.

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. . . an engrossing story about childhood, courage and reconciliation (Books Magazine)

Ms Purves softens the sharp edges with a piquancy and humour which are truly brilliant (Gina Sykes, Huddersfield Examiner)

'an idiosyncratic blend of her journalistic voice ... With the skills of a writer who understands the proper balance in a novel between issue and narrative. ... This is her best novel ... [and] will find an answering echo in many readers' Elizabeth Buchan, The Times

Libby Purves has created a complex and appealing character in a novel which develops to an exciting conclusion (Vanessa Berridge, Woman & Home)

'Purves's evocative descriptions of Venice intensify an already gripping narrative' Mail on Sunday

'Her story of Kit Milcourt [...] is passionately felt and a moving exposé of the graveyard of talent, imagination and energy that is the domain of too many schools.' Elizabeth Buchan, Night & Day (Dec '98)

Purves is at her most enjoyable when she is . . . displaying in her treatment of her characters, the mixture of generosity and common sense with which readers of her columns in The Times will already be familiar (Christina Koenig, The Times)

'all the compassion characteristic of her writing in her previous novels and columns. ... This is a humane and perceptive novel' Woman & Home

poignant, intelligent and hilarious (Suffolk & Norfolk Life)

She orchestrates it all with honesty, ingenuity and sardonic wit. Definitely one to take on holiday (Metro)

'As ever, Libby Purves draws you into the laughter and tears in the life of her characters, in this case teachers Kit and Anna. ... Like all her books, this is a cracking story' Woman's Weekly

'done with a finesse which makes the words live on in your memory long after the novel has been put away' Gina Sykes, The Examiner

'a brilliant dissection of troubled lives' Prima, London

'Purves' fourth novel is a skilled and serious attempt to deal with society's sensitivity (or oversensitivity) towards the treatment of children' Nottingham Evening Post

'a good story, crisply and lightly told, that touches on many of teaching's current preoccupation and dilemmas and that grows in depth as it unfolds' The Times Educational Supplement

'the kind of book that you race to finish and then think about for a long time afterwards' Beverly Davies, The Lady

'a rare and wonderful treat' Northern Echo

'a compelling love story which stubbornly refuses to pass judgement on a terrifying deviancy which haunts society' Eastern Daily Express

'Libby Purves has crafted a poignant novel with a modern tragedy interspersed with humour and malevolence' Worcester Evening News

'Libby Purves again uses her skills as a story-teller to wrap the reader in the lives of her characters and create a satisfying read. She also confronts some of the difficult issues which face teachers today with sympathy and ease.'

Catherine Levack, Coventry Evening Telegraph (Dec '99)

'Miss Purves is always worth a read.' Roger Thurlow, Brentwood Gazette (Dec '98)

'Like a true sailor, [Libby Purves] is an excellent raconteur, steers an exciting course and dumps you safely back on dry land with a thirst to go to sea again. Buy her books, read her columns, tune into Radio 4 and embark on an odyssey of your own' Jo Davidson, What's On in Suffolk (Dec'98)

'A lovely read, and much enjoyed by my reader, who thinks that this is her best novel yet.' Sarah Broadhurst

Libby Purves's previous novels, Casting Off, A Long Walk in Wintertime and Home Leave:

'Humour, humanity and relish for the enjoyably mundane' The Times

'A feel-good novel ... hilarious ... humorous ... fabulously incisive'


'Ms Purves has the gift of tongues - a born novelist' Fay Weldon

'Five-star fiction' Penny Vincenzi

'A keen eye for the picaresque' Scotsman

'A sure touch for dramatising the lacerations and upheavals of ordinary life' Sunday Times

'Lively and robustly honest' Sunday Express

'Purves' novel of ordinary lives is compelling, her perceptions acute ... sophisticated and skilful'

Daily Telegraph

Libby Purves' prose is clean, sharp and in touch with things that matter'

Daily Express

'One to sell like hotcakes, Purves' depiction of family chaos will make you laugh out loud.' She

'A glorious romp ... with a healthy dose of satire on media manners and a generous injection of knockabout comedy into the bargain' Country Living

'Well-told and enjoyable ... [the voice] is that of someone genuinely interested in the varieties of human experience, amused but not mocking, understanding but not judgmental' Sunday Telegraph

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Bestselling author of More Lives than One

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (20 Jan. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VD65I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eleven year old Anansi is sent on a 'holiday for deprived children' with a family who live at a seaside town. Angry with her lameness, her neglectful mother, the politically-correct social workers and the kindly-meant condescension of her host family, she crashes through the cosy little world like a doodlebug, determined to make the biggest explosion possible. Her interesting revelation about what she saw going on in the Martello Tower causes even more destruction than she thought and she begins to realise that everyone has their problems. The entire town gets caught up in the aftershocks of the revelation with suddenly-Victorian husbands furiously chasing errant wives away; sulky straying husbands adruptly realising that it is time they grew up; pillar-of-society mothers deciding to hell with everyone else and to live for themselves for once; and an old man who has seen it all before.
"We're kids aren't we? We don't have much choice. Any of us. They just fix things up and we have to lump it," says Vincent, oldest son of the host family - but sometimes kids do have a choice and sometimes they can do the fixing up.
The story leaves you wondering what will happen: is it a happy ending? Or is it like Life: just sorted for now? A terrific tale either way with Libby Purves' trademark skill and affection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Nov. 2012
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A joy to read - wise, funny and clever, with characters who immediately come to life. I recognise the characters as the types you see walking down the road in several seaside towns during the summer, but although Libby Purves pokes gentle fun at them, you empathise with them too. The viewpoint of Anansi as a damaged child in an alien environment is well portraye, too, as you see the behaviour the well meaning middle class families at the centre of the story through her eyes.
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A heart warming story - one of the best from Libby Purves. I enjoyed all her books but this is my favourite. Her books are so original and the standard is so high - to be recommended to those who like a thought provoking novel which is well written and gripping as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Regatta by Libby Purves 19 April 2013
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A most enjoyable book . An everyday story of yachting folk, heart-warming and full of interesting characters. Excellent
plot too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! 1 Feb. 2008
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This book surprised me - a great work by Libby Purves. REGATTA is totally readable with an interesting story revolving around a few families. The central character is Anansi, an abused and abandoned coloured girl who is being fostered by Sheila. The presence of the eleven-year old Anansi in the small town rocks the world of its residents and changes lives. The girl herself undergoes some transformation as she becomes an unwilling part of the place and people. She grows close with a kindly old man who previously served in military, and he taught her how to sail.

REGATTA is beautifully told rich with love, conflict, deceit, unfaithfulness, and reconciliation. This is a story that touches me and engages me until the very last page. Like I said earlier, it is surprising good!
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