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Seaview Terrace [Kindle Edition]

Kate Rigby , Ann Rigby
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Maxine lives in Number 7, the peeling Jewish house, where she has to stand on cushions to change light bulbs because she doesn't know anyone well enough to ask for the use of their stepladder. She is also trapped in an unsatisfactory relationship with her misanthropist boyfriend Warren who "sits there baiting or attacking people in the road" and is indiscriminate with his prejudices. She is longing for a summer of excitement and change.

Mark lives at Number 12 in the shadow of his witty boyfriend Guy who has names for all the regulars of the seaside cul-de-sac. Madame Two Swords ("starchy, laundered woman in her fifties who wears a yellow headscarf looking like a duster"), Acnes Anonymous ("blank teenager permanently wired for sound"), Love's Wet Dream ("lovey-dovey young couple who seem to be perpetually entwined") and Miss Bronte who "looks like a Cathy or an Emily or a Jane" are just a few.

Then the rich and mysterious Hassan, his family, and his sidekick, Rashid, move into Number 8. Beautiful and arrogant, Hassan soon stirs the emotions of his near neighbours, during a long sizzling summer full of property acquisition, Parking Rage, racial abuse and mounting passion which reaches a climax over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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"Seaview Terrace" is a novella.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SV2DBG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #522,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

* Coming soon - Fruit Woman *

Kate Rigby has been writing for over thirty years. She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so decided to write about it.

However she's not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev's avant garde magazine Texts' Bones including a version of her satirical novella Lost The Plot.

Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).

Her book Little Guide to Unhip was published by Night Publishing (2010).

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and also as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology (Pfoxmoor 2011).

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now 'Did You Whisper Back?').

Titles now available on Kindle and other e-books are:

Little Guide to Unhip (also in paperback*)
Thalidomide Kid
Seaview Terrace
Far Cry From The Turquoise Room (also in paperback*)
Break Point
Suckers n Scallies
Down The Tubes (also in paperback*)
Tales By Kindlelight
Savage To Savvy (also available in paperback*)
Did You Whisper Back?
Fall Of The Flamingo Circus
She Looks Pale
The Dead Club

Short Stories:

Family Tradition
On Your Half Century
Sharing Sarah
Cutting Edge
Hard Workers

* paperbacks available by following the Amazon link where listed

Details about Kate's work can be found at her website:

Or her occasional blogs can be found at:

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of life 14 July 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kate Rigby's books are primarily character driven, which is what I absolutely love about them, and this novel, Seaview Terrace is perhaps even more so. There is not so much of a plot, more of a fly on the wall documentary kind of feel about the story and the writing. The story concerns the residents of Seaview Terrace, a group of flats overlooking the sea, and the many hidden lives, thoughts and perceptions that evolve behind closed doors. For anyone who has ever lived in a crowded street, or a block of flats, or a claustrophobic close, this book will resonate with you and the view of people coming and going, never really knowing anyone, but making your mind up about them anyway. The characters decide who they like and who they hate and who they would possibly like to get to know better. Maxine is perhaps the main character; trapped in a loveless boring relationship, she is somewhat alienated from the other residents due to her partners bullish ways. Mystery and intrigue arrives in the form of Hassan and his extended family, and Maxine, along with some of the other characters becomes very drawn to him, wanting to know more. In this way the tension slowly builds up during one hot summer. Lives change, seasons change, and people change, and become drawn together where once they avoided each other. As with all Rigby's books, this is an accurate, amusing and touching portrait of human life and nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great "Fly on the Wall" of life read 30 Jan. 2015
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Having read A Far Cry from the Turquoise Room which ended with a teaser that Hassan and his family also featured in Seaview Terrace, it was immediately downloaded.
I completely agree with some of the other reviewers that the characters and surroundings of Seaview Terrace are so vividly described, I feel as though I could point out the building and the residents from the sea front. Guy's nicknames for the other residents only assist in their portrayal.
The attraction or suspicion of Hassan's family as seen through the eyes of the residents in fascinating; how the arrival of one particular family can alter the equilibrium for so many.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was I there? 6 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I felt I could have been there! The location and characters are so vividly described (the prose is excellent) that I felt that it could have substituted for an A-Z of the area. The writing style is distinct and unique, and a complex web of relationships is portrayed as they unfold over the course of the book. The plot is occasionally a little nebulous but for total immersion in a place and its inhabitants over the course of a single English summer, this couldn't be bettered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this novel! 20 Nov. 2012
Read this some time ago and it's one of those books I want to read again.
Love the vivid descriptions of the characters and the way their lives are interwoven, found it very atmospheric and real, felt like I had met the characters. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Another wonderful story by Kate Rigby!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Syracuse Terrace 19 Dec. 2013
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Good observations of human behaviour, but book never really gets off the ground. Leaves you wondering how all loose ends will sort themselves out.
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