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  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184648409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846484094
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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'An elegant and incredibly accomplished debut; Gillian Greenwood captures the subtle shifts in relationships with rare perception and wit' (Kathleen Tessaro, author of ELEGANCE and INNOCENCE)

'Sophie at John Murray says [Satisfaction] is her top tip for 2006' (New Books Mag: Guy Pringle)

'A seriously good comedy of manners' (Melvyn Bragg)

'Entertaining and beautifully constructed first novel...It is completely satisfying. Take this book to the beach, but read it in the shade.' - Observer (Observer)

'This is obviously a story Greenwood wants to tell; she loves her troupe of players and has realised them all in a deft, careful way. ... a gentle, interesting tale and an accomplished debut' (Evening Standard)

'Greenwood slowly reveals, in careful, considered prose, the ever-changing dynamics of contentment, and discloses, with the help of a shocking twist, how happiness happens.' (Daily Mail)

'Deftly constructed' (Good Housekeeping)

'With deft plotting, a light touch and plenty of writerly observation about modern mores, Greenwood delivers an entertaining first novel' (Rachel Hore, Guardian)

'Well-crafted' (The Times Literary Supplement)

'Enjoyable and thought-provoking' (Woman's Own) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A charming husband, two beautiful children, cherished friends and a secure future. Satisfied yet? A very modern story of love, sex, hardship and friendship --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Hamwee on 28 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Don't be put off by the cover of this book. This is an amazing debut novel highly readable and yet eloquently written....not at all trashy as the cover suggests.

It is both deep and moving yet light hearted and perceptive. She has an amazing ability to drill down to an emotional core of her characters, exploring subtle changes in moods and relationships without it ever being boring or heavy.

You feel instantly drawn in , and I found it impossible to put down.

A great read....full marks for enjoyment. If only all books we buy could be this well written....!
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
This novel reads like the famous parody of the opening of an Iris Murdoch novel, which details the complicated relationships of all the characters, most of whom are married to one person and in love with another. In Greenwood's case, Amy is married to James but possibly in love with Archie; James may be in love with Archie or maybe with his young sister-in-law Grace; Archie may be in love with any of them or possibly with Amy's twin Thea; Thea was in a relationship with Archie but now may be in love with his friend Richard; Richard is in love with both Amy and Thea; Amy, Thea and Grace's mother Lucy is in love with writing self-help books and possibly with Michael with whom she had an affair before her husband Tom's death; Grace is in love with herself and maybe in love with young actor Sam as well... and so it goes on. As far as the novel has a plot beyond these tangled relationships, it flits between 2004 when Amy goes to see a therapist because she's suffering 'an excess of happiness' (the phrase 'get a life' springs to mind) and 1994 at a point when James visits the same therapist due to his claustrophobia in lifts, Amy is beginning to feel that her life as a housewife is going nowhere, Thea returns from America ready for a life change, Archie has two significant crises (one of which affects the whole group of friends very strongly) and Grace has to decide whether to keep going as an actress in the soap opera 'Bridewell Wharf' or spread her wings in search of more ambitious projects.

It's a plot that had some potential, but the smug, pampered upper middle-class characters (no one apart from Thea appears to have any idea of society outside their charmed circle of financiers, businessmen and actors) and the waffly, repetitive dialogue meant that the book rapidly became very, very dull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on 25 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I cannot understand why this book got such glowing reviews, although Greenwood's charmed career and privileged status in the literary world may have something to do with it. This novel about self-indulgent and emotionally immature Londoners is full of very dull characters thinking about possible and inadequately fleshed out courses of action while in fact doing almost nothing for several hundred pages. It fails in every category: summer trash, chick lit, literature. I got it at half price and paid way too much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Halliwell on 4 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really really enjoyed this book and read it all in one sitting. It has a gripping storyline, a cast of wholly likeable characters and a subject matter which feels very now. The dialogue sparkles, there's a great twist in the plot! I'd recommend it to anyone who likes an accessible, engaging read but one with more than enough substance to leave you feeling fully satisfied at the end.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walter Hypes on 14 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
Set in modern-day London this beautifully structured novel is all about the intersection of love, fate and chance, be it through marriage, family or through friendship. Satisfaction begins as a young woman approaches the Harley Street offices of Clinical Psychologist Patrick McIlhenny. Her name is Amy Marsham and she's come to see Patrick to tell him she's been suffering "from an excess of happiness."

Patrick is at first taken back by Amy's admission, unused to seeing such pleasure in his particular working world, and feeling hypnotized but her presence, he almost finds himself lost to a daydream as he begins to listen to her confession. Apparently, Amy's husband James once had a series of sessions with Patrick ten years ago, James, however, never told his wife about them. Now Amy wants to enquire why her husband visited the psychiatrist and whether James had told him "that he was sick with joy the day he married me?"

Back in the hot and sticky summer of 1994 James and Amy appeared to have the perfect marriage and at least outwardly, James was satisfied to step into his future with assurance; he was, it seemed, destined for contentment and success. His old school mate Archie was always by his side, helping James along and without a doubt their relationship had become something of a mutual admiration society, Archie admiring James without really comprehending the rules he lived by.

But it is Archie's friendship with Amy that seems to the most cause for uneasiness. Amy is of course is married to James, but her focus is always on his best friend.
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