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Seagulls in the Attic [Hardcover]

Tessa Hainsworth
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3 Jun 2010
Having given up a high-powered job and the lifestyle to match, Tessa Hainsworth had no idea how hard she would struggle when, full of optimism, she fulfilled her dream of moving to rural Cornwall with her young family one September. In the first book Up With the Larks Tessa charted her first turbulent year with the Royal Mail, and her transformation from outsider to ‘Posh Postie’, adopted Cornishwoman and much-loved member of her new community. In Seagulls in the Attic Tessa is now a pillar of the community, or so she thinks. Life is becoming hard for her and her family as they realise that being part of a small community is not quite the idyll she had been lead to believe, as lack of money and the demands of family life take their toll. But, as with the first book, Tessa finds the fun and resilience to turn all the hardships to her advantage - eventually. The first book sold over 6,000 copies in hardcover and is rapidly becoming a must-read book for all those who hanker for an escape to the country.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing; First Edition edition (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848092636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848092631
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The narrative is full of stories of Hainsworth tending her allotment, charming the locals and enjoying scones with neighbours as she discusses the merits of goat keeping. You have to admire her determination to integrate herself in rural life" Sunday Telegraph "There's something delightfully moreish about Tessa Hainsworth's pitter-patter account of her days... The pace is as slow as the tide, piqued with the odd gentle caper ... Still, there's something nurturing about letting each description roll over you like great, frothy Cornish waves" Daily Mail "A warm-hearted escapist read which will be particularly enjoyed by anyone who has, like Tessa, dreamed of over-throwing their nine to five to set up home in a favourite holiday spot" Western Morning News --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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A warm-hearted, feel-good, laugh-out-loud funny story by a terrific natural writer. This is the second instalment of Tessa Hainsworth’s escape from the rat-race with her actor husband to a Cornish seaside town.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle ramble along quiet by ways 13 Oct 2010
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Tessa Hainsworth has done really well to settle happily into her new life yet also to be able to clearly see it as it truly is thereby showing patience and adjustment along the way. This book is a pleasant, easy, generally sunlit read with her friendly, interested attitude shining through her words. 'Seagulls in the Attic' isn't difficult, demanding or challenging; all the better perhaps as no one would wish Tessa and her family any ghastly dramas. I personally find the mangled names of local places a small annoyance, I'd almost rather she used more vague labels such as the village, the cove, the hamlet, the beach as I find all her made up versions irritating. Oddly she is happy to use the names of Helston and Truro. There is a fair amount of repetition and labouring of points too, padding out the book but I forgive her this as altogether she is grateful for every day, enjoying the life she leads, learning all the while, and appreciating the quirky, eccentric, colourful customers she meets on her rounds. An attractive book with obvious appeal to those who dream of doing what Tessa and her family have successfully achieved. It could enjoyably be read by teenagers too so would suit a wide range of readers, being inoffensive, kind, even meriting a word I rarely use but feel it truly suits - 'nice'.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST! 4 Jun 2010
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Tessa Hainsworth is a natural storyteller and this is her memoir of her second year of living the dream in Cornwall. She and her family did what many people talk about but few have the nerve to do - they changed their lives completely and moved from stressful executive job to basic rural living. Tessa's new job was as a postie and this book, which follows on from the wonderful UP WITH THE LARKS, finds her facing the economic consequences of the life-change and the realities of living in a remote rural community. It is extremely funny, genuinely uplifting and thought-provoking. I think this book will have a huge appeal especially to those who love Cornwall and dream about living there. Certainly 5 stars. It's a delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Read 16 July 2010
This book is both charming and fun. A marvelous cast of eccentric characters make this book come alive for this reader. Cornwall is not my favourite place, but I enjoyed this book enormously despite that fact! So it's not necessary to be a lover of Cornwall to enjoy SEAGULLS IN THE ATTIC -- just a lover of good books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Enjoyable Read 24 Feb 2012
By J.B.
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Tessa writes in an engaging way about the people she meets, the life she left in London, the discoveries of Cornwall and the changes she sees in herself through this journey. There are a number of characters she meets on her postal round that intrigue you from the very beginning. The narration flows smoothly except for the part about the discovery of a gull which I think was a bit overdone.

Overall, a recommended read about life in Cornwall. But not as descriptive about the places, this one is more about the people.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Postie 20 April 2011
Seagulls in the Attic is the follow up to Tessa Hainsworth's first novel Up with Larks, which sees her settle into life in Cornwall as a postie after giving up a high powered job and moving herself and her family to live in what she sees as a dream place.

Tessa has been here a year now, and has become part of the furniture. Locals, incomers and second-homers all know her and she is developing her round into a community service more than delivering mail. Whilst delivering the post, she is delivering newspapers for folk who cannot get to a local shop because of transport links as well as no local shop! News on those who are ill, recovering, births, deaths and marriages. Produce of all descriptions, vegetables, cakes, pies and jams are bartered around for varying favours every day it seems to me. I would like to hear Royal Mail's take on this, are they aware that their vehicles are being used as such or do they turn a blind eye, to the valuable service they are unknowingly providing. Tessa becomes part of this when she takes up her own allotment and starts to grow everything and anything she can get her hands on. But she is still a new comer to these parts and the locals like nothing better than seeing what mishap befalls her next. Quicker than the post it is around all the local villages and hamlets.

In this volume, Tessa's previous London life seems to start seeping through. Trying to be efficient and making life easier for some, in turn makes life very difficult for the majority of others. Tessa is still slow to accept that change is not always a good thing and takes a long time to be even thought about before put into action into any of the surrounding villages.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequel 19 Oct 2011
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After reading Tessa Hainsworth's first book, 'Up with the larks' where she recounts her family's decision to change their lives and move to Cornwall, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and find out what had become of her during her second year as a local postie.

It is always a bit of a concern whether a sequel will live up to a brilliant first book but I needn't have worried, this book was every bit as first as the original.

Tessa has a natural gift at writing and she paints a vivid and detailed picture of her life down in Cornwall. It was lovely to catch up with some of the characters from the first book and to meet new ones here. Tessa recalls the ups and downs of her life with gentle humour which managed to illicit many a giggle from me whilst I was reading her tales. Her mishaps with her allotment were hilarious - I thought I had experienced most things having grown veggies myself for many years but Tessa, often through no fault of her own seems to invite the most bizarre mishaps. I must try her method of protecting my lettuce with fleece one day!

Tessa's tales of Google the seagull were heart warming to read - even if the locals didn't quite share her enthusiasm for his presence.

This was definitely one of those 'feel good books' that make you want to curl up with a cup of coffee, a packet of biscuits and a few uninterrupted hours to yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I would recommend reading Up with the Larks before you move onto this book just so you understand Tessa's background and how she and her family ended up in Cornwall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An interesting sequel
Published 6 days ago by Shakespeare
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading. Felt as if I was there in person. More please.
Published 9 days ago by Sarah Menzies
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I love this book, not finished it yet, but a great read, as I live in Cornwall, everything is so real
Published 1 month ago by Nan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Relaxing Read
If you want a book with humour, life, character and a nice relaxing pace, then this will hit the spot. Very enjoyable and relaxing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. M. Coote
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Brilliant, thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the follow-up.
Consistently funny and true t o life. Idyllic, but not perfect.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read.
Could not put this book down - you feel you are there. Am in the process of reading the next book by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Sue Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I enjoyed reading the book. An ordinary story withpout sex !
But real life, and great fun !.
I have passed it on to friends.
Published 8 months ago by plummie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought it for holiday, glad i did.
A great follow on from Tessa's first book of Up With The Larks, makes you want to give up work and move to Cornwall.
Published 10 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow-up...
.....on the heels of the first book in the series, this is a continuation of the life of the author, her family, friends and neighbours and, again, completely enjoyable.
Published 10 months ago by Christine Day
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!,
I just love tessa!, she has a wonderful way with words, she is down to earth, love reading about the Cornish life and all people on her travels, I thoroughly enjoy reading her... Read more
Published 12 months ago by jackie
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