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Separate Lives [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Flett
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Your partner of ten years, and the father of your children, receives a text. You happen to see it.

'Start living a different kind of life ... P :-) xxx'. You don't know anyone with the initial P, so what's with the smiley face and the kisses?

Narrated by Susie, her partner Alex and the mysterious 'P', Separate Lives is an achingly funny, moving and honest portrayal of marriage and adultery. These characters are never less than totally human. You'll have met people like them. They might even be you.

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'A novel that embraces the chaos of everyday life with verve and humour ... a tightly paced, expertly plotted narrative ... a novel more grown-up, better written and funnier than anything remotely resembling (dreaded phrase) 'chick-lit'' Observer.

'Brilliantly funny ... A must read' Gok Wan.

'I loved this book ... full of characters who behave like people you might actually know' Jojo Moyes.

'Seriously gripping book ... funny, sad and always sharp' Daisy Goodwin.

'A book to devour in one greedy session. Seriously hard to put down' Jenny Eclair.

'Funny, clever and achingly honest ... a wonderful insight into contemporary relationships' Sally Brampton.

'a triumph, a hilarious dissection of life among North London yummy mummies' Daily Mail.

'Separate Lives delineates the shenanigans of modern relationships in a light-hearted romp through Susie's love life from 'almost committed' partner of ten years to newly single mum' We Love this Book.

'witty and provocative' P&O Magazine.

From the Back Cover

Your partner of ten years, and the father of your children, receives a text. You happen to see it. It says: 'Start living a different kind of life... P :-) xxx' You don't know a P. But you know this spells trouble.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780871864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780871868
  • ASIN: B007C4FX9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed Kathryn Flett's writing and read her memoir, "A Heart Shaped Bullet".

I bought this book as I'm not a fan of chick-lit and I didn't think that Kathryn Flett would write in this genre.

I'm sorry to say but this book is really not very good. I don't want to give too much away but the email written between the male characters in this book are truly cringe-worthy. Faux blokey bonhomie. I really do not know any men who correspond in such awful clichés. The awful clichés and puns continue through the book with "arch" re-naming of the estate agent, for example. I think this kind of thing needs to be left to Jilly Cooper - who's actually good at that style of writing.

The plot is quite unconvincing and the last 100 or so pages become more unbelievable. It's as though the writer has started the book without considering a plot line. Got two thirds of the way through and then decided that she has to finish. With no idea what to do, resorts to some pretty unbelievable situations to wrap it up.

None of the characters are particularly easy to like but, to be fair, perhaps that is intentional.

I think it says a lot when the recommendations on the front include one from Gok Wan. Presumably publishers have to pick from the best that they receive? I have nothing against Gok Wan. However, he is not renowned for his mastery of English Literature. Further, I think the writer and Gok appeared on a television programme together - so perhaps hardly independent. Same goes for the Observer, whom I think the writer used to write for.

If you like average chick lit, then you'll probably enjoy this. But don't bother if your looking for something outside that genre
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking, yet too 'upper class' 21 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When it comes to 'chick lit' I am a self confessed closer-reader. However I was genuinely interested in the plot of this novel. It certainly makes a change from the usual single-woman-has-a-crush-on-man or Bridget Jones style cliche. I really wanted to enjoy this book. It presents viewpoints of the husband, the wife and the 'other woman'. It doesn't set out to glamorise affairs or over-dramatise every twist and turn of the plot (some of it believable, some of it too much coincidence).

Despite the solid ideas and challenging scenarios, the characters are the biggest disappointment. Central to any story (in my opinion at least) is the ability to engage with the character. Not necessarily to find something likeable or common with them (though identification to characters in the chick lit genre certainly helps), but to at least feel like they are living in your world. Not so in this case. In fact it seems that more and more novels are centred around middle or upper class worlds where losing your job does not mean you end up on job seekers or even frantically search for money to pay the bills. The only tying even more annoying than their lack of regard for budgeting is the constant, infuriating references to designer labels, brand names in the author paid commission Egbert time she mentions Vivienne-sodding-Westwood? These constant name-drops bloat the paragraphs unnecessarily. I have an imagination; I don't really need to imagine the exact brand if clothing Susie wears, or where she gets her coffee from.

So that's about it. It seems that in novels like these you must be middle class to afford a lifestyle of affairs and alternative modern relationshipsrelationships. Women with potential talent, tackling controversial issues could do so much more if they would leave their middle England lifestyles and Jimmy Choos at the door.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing despite some irritations 4 July 2012
Susie and Alex have been together for 10 years, have two children and a comfortable life. But one day Susie snoops on Alex's phone and finds a message that seems to indicate he's seeing someone else. Once the boulder of that knowledge has started its journey downhill there can be no stopping it and no-one will be left untouched.

I generally enjoy Kathryn Flett's magazine and newspaper columns, so was pleased to receive a copy of Separate Lives to review. I have to say at the outset that there was a lot I didn't like about the book, but despite quite a long list of dislikes I would say I found it worth reading and would recommend it to others.

I'm not sure whether this novel can be categorised as Chick Lit as it seems to consider an older group of characters than usual for that genre, and Chick Lit tends to have more of a "Reader, I married him" vibe about it. Separate Lives shows what can happen a decade on from the Chick Lit happy ending and looks at an older group of characters, so perhaps it's Hen Lit or Old Broiler Lit? Anyway, although the novel is funny at times, particularly when Susie is narrating, it's by no means a light-hearted romantic romp - quite the opposite in fact.

It's a very middle-class, Notting Hill creatives type novel - none of the characters have any money worries thank you very much, even when redundancy strikes, and though we know some of them have jobs, we don't hear much about what they do on a daily basis to earn their wage other than the absolute basics. The time they don't have to devote to worrying about money or their careers seems to be spent in infidelity. There are very few characters in the book who aren't unfaithful to someone at some point - the major characters all are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved the interaction of all the characters - although Richard was too good to be true. Read more
Published 3 months ago by H. Love
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable whilst lazing by the pool, absorbing enough to keep me interested
Published 5 months ago by ladygreen
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving and very plausible story
Will appeal to a wide range of readers. The characters come alive on the page. A well rounded well written novel.
Published 20 months ago by Ljohnb
3.0 out of 5 stars Journalistic experience does not a good novelist make.
Although the plot carries the reader along and the characters are well described, if Ms Flett wants to call herself a writer of novels, she should pay more attention to her... Read more
Published 20 months ago by P. M.E.C
4.0 out of 5 stars Good escapist read, well written and entertaining
I can see why other reviewers may have got a tad annoyed with the privileged life the characters in the book lead and the oft-dropped designer names, I felt was a little... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mel J Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably shouldn't of enjoyed it that much...
Very light, amusing and sad at the same time. Very much a guilty pleasure - which diverted my attention for the many other more worthwhile things I should have been reading. Read more
Published 21 months ago by BookLoverOrsler
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a curate's egg...
Read this book on holiday and probably would not have bothered with it normally.

The plot is contrived, the characters are for the most part unlikeable and a bit... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Daisy
1.0 out of 5 stars Probaby the worst novel I've ever read
And I've read a lot of bad novels. Tell a lie - it's the worst novel I've read NOT by India Knight.
Published 24 months ago by Julie Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved this book, I have not read anything by this author before but was pleasantly surprised by this book, bery enjoyable
Published 24 months ago by Romain
3.0 out of 5 stars It got better
I found the writing quite laboured - and the characters unlikeable at first, but I persevered and the novel changed. People started to learn..
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