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  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan, London; 1st Black Swan Edition edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552773115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552773119
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Trollope has written several highly-acclaimed contemporary novels: The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector's Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People's Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South and Friday Nights. Other People's Children has been shown on BBC television as a major drama serial. Under the name of Caroline Harvey she writes romantic historical novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters. Joanna was born in Gloucestershire and lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

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"The author's witty manipulation of her characters recalls the other Trollope, although there is nothing Victorian about her style... perfectly pitched dialogue" (The Times)

"One of the finest chroniclers of the way we live now" (Independent on Sunday)

"Trollope has perfectly caught the angst of the empty nest... the ebb and flow of relationships is brilliantly handled" (The Observer)

"The queen of the domestic dilemma... observant and empathetic" (The Sunday Times)

"Trollope has always written well and convincingly about property. It's her refusal to divorce her characters' inner lives from the accumulated stuff of their outer ones that makes the best of it so compelling" (The Daily Telegraph)

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When the last of your children has flown the nest, will there be time for a second honeymoon?

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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Joanna Trollope’s latest novel triumphantly deals with that period in life when the last child has left home and the parents are once again on their own, in the irony of the title, to enjoy a second honeymoon.
In previous generations children married or formed partnerships and irrevocably left the family home and their parents, taking everything with them and severing dependence on their parents forever.
However life is now so transient and uncertain, relationships come and go, jobs are no longer permanent, children need assistance with deposits on houses, the parent child relationships does not cease in the same way.
And this is what the main character Edie Boyd and her husband discover when their last remaining son leaves home to live with his girl friend. Instead of a second honeymoon Edie revives her career as an actress, her husband Russell wants to renew their pre parent relationship and is frustrated, gradually their children drift back into their old rooms.
One of the best characters in the book is Ruth, the partner of Edie’s son Matt. Ruth is a successful career woman earning twice as much as Matt, has ambitions for a flat only she can afford, with Matt struggling to come to grips with the changing and confusing role of men.
Edie’s daughter Rosa is struggling with debt, is unfairly made redundant and struggles to re-establish her identity. She finds an affinity with Lazlo, an actor Edie is mothering in the play and has given a temporary home to.
Then slowly everybody realises you cannot go back, that you have to move forward in life, and Trollope brings the book to an end in a totally believable way.
An absolute must for all Trollope fans and as good a starting point for new readers as any of her other superb novels.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Another excellently written book from Joanna Trollope. As already said by a previous reviewer, this story is very much in the vein of her last two or three books. Second Honeymoon revolves around a couple whose three children have grown up and flown the nest; Russell is happy about this wanting to have his wife to himself again, but Edie is not. Just when Russell thought that the second honeymoon period of life was starting, all three children, and an additional lodger, move back home. The description of emotions is beautifully written but I felt it was lacking a strong storyline - hence four stars. It is certainly a lovely book and a sophisticated read but it is not gripping.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BM on 12 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
That title probably sounds as though I am damning this book with faint praise - which in a way I am. It was certainly an easy read and I rather like that bumbling along style which is in a similar tradition to Anne Tyler... There were bits of the book that I really enjoyed - the relationship between Rosa and Laszlo for one -but I felt really she overpopulated it with characters who didn't really do an awful lot. A bit like real life I suppose. There were things that completely annoyed me though - for example the focus on the woman (Ruth) earning more than the man (Matthew) and that being a significant problem for their relationship - it felt a bit as though I was reading a book set in the 80s rather than a current novel. Surely those things are no longer real issues? If you like Joanna Trollope I'm sure you'll like this but it's hardly going to set the world alight....
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 31 Mar. 2006
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Good old Joanna Trollope, another smashing read for a lazy weekend. This isn't any kind of startling departure from her previous novels, in fact it carries on some of the themes addressed in Girl from the South. The characters are very recognisable 21st century-UK inhabitants and she sympathetically portrays the dilemmas and tribulations of growing up and growing old in a materially wealthy but morally struggling society. There is a marvellous gentleness and tolerance in the marriage of Edie and Russell, and although a more cliffhanger plot would have made the novel more thrilling, I liked the sense of muted drama around the turbulence of the children and the rolling on of the story which comforted you with the knowledge that it was all 'just life' and that each generation would keep going with the threads of a decent, industrious life. Given how gritty and disturbing some of modern British culture can be, this book is very warming.
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
Joanna Trollope likes to tackle a separate contemporary 'issue' in each of her novels - here, it's the topical one of 'empty nest syndrome'. Edie, a rather part-time actress, and her husband Russell, an actors' agent specialising in commercials, have just said goodbye to their youngest child, 22-year-old Ben. While Russell revels in having their big North London house to himself and Edie, Edie mourns the loss of her children, and can't get used to them not being there. Fate, however, is going to play some strange tricks on her and Russell. First, Edie finds herself landing the role of Mrs Alving in Ibsen's 'Ghosts' in a production in Islington, where she befriends Laszlo, the hard working, intelligent and rather waifish actor performing the role of her son. Then, one by one, her children trail home for various reasons. Matthew, who works in the City, decides that he can't keep up with his high-achieving girlfriend Ruth's lifestyle or go halves on a flat in Bankside with her - he comes home to brood and lick his wounds. Rosa, the middle child, loses her job and is staggering under a weight of credit card debt - after a short period lodging with friends and with her aunt she drifts home too. Meanwhile Edie has invited Laszlo to lodge in the house, at least while the play is on. And finally, to cap it all, Ben decides that he can't cope with living with both his girlfriend Naomi and her mother, and asks to come home to 'think things out'. Soon Edie has far more family round her than she wants - and at a stage where she's started realizing how much she loves acting. But can she ask her children to go?

This was an enjoyable-ish light read.
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