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September [Hardcover]

Rosamunde Pilcher
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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21 Jun 1990
A group of people, family and friends, come together in Pertshire. Amongst them are Virginia Aird and her husband, bitterly divided over their son and facing at last the unanswered questions behind their apparently happy marriage. The author's books include "The Shell Seekers".

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (21 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450528685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450528682
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosamunde Pilcher has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short story writer, but it was her phenomenally successful novel, THE SHELL SEEKERS, that captured the hearts of all who read it, and won her international recognition as one of the best-loved story-tellers of our time. Her bestselling novels, SEPTEMBER and COMING HOME, were made into television films. WINTER SOLSTICE, her most recent bestseller, was also made into a television film. In 2002 she was awarded an O.B.E for services to literature. She lives near Dundee.

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A dance for life! (The Philadelphia Enquirer)

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Rosamunde Pilcher's major bestseller, also a successful TV film, now rejacketed for a new audience --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 3 July 1999
By A Customer
This was my first Rosamunde Pilcher and certainly won't be the last! September is essentially the story of two families from rural Scotland and their acquaintances, and is told over 5 months, building to the climax you know is coming right from the outset. Each person brought into the storyline is incredibly well-crafted, as is the book as a whole. There is great attention to detail both in the Scottish scenery which is the backdrop to the drama unfolding, and in the lives of the characters. The characters themselves are instantly memorable, yet human, and make it hard to put this book down. I will be recommending it to anyone looking for a good read, and look forward to working my way through the rest of her books!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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September is the story of a two interconnected families based in the same highland village with various members living elsewhere. The saga starts at the beginning of the year and continues month by month until the climax, a 21st birthday party, is reached in September. A number of different characters are described in very realistic settings in beautiful detail. The book is a very gentle read and ideal to take away on holiday, but beware, once picked up, it is difficult to put down. Heartily recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 20 Sep 2000
By A Customer
This book is one of the best. Read it in three of my favorate's and was sad to finnish it. The Shell Seekers is the only one that comes near this one. another hit....Septembera winner have just read it again. still can't part with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comfort reading 11 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Easy reading that absorbs you from the start. You feel apart of the family and all their dramas. The characters may be a little stereotypical and behave too perfectly in their roles, but you grow incredibly fond of them. It highlights the good old fashioned themes of love, lust, betrayal, and the search for happiness - with the clear message of "blood is thicker than water" and how important family and friends are. It pulls at the heartstrings and reminds one of people you have met or known at some stage of your life. I was sad to finish it.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READING "SEPTEMBER" IN SEPTEMBER, 2001 20 Oct 2002
Like so many other readers, after the events of 9/11, I had a hard time latching on to a book that would hold my interest. At first I thought something in the mystery/thriller genre would do the trick although I made sure I stayed clear of anything spy or terrorist related. Finding no solace in that genre, I turned to an author who has never disappointed me and picked up Pilcher's book September, which had been sitting on my shelves for quite some time. This book called to me as the title was apropos for the month in which I chose to read it.
The setting is vintage Pilcher in a small town in Scotland called Strathcroy and right away I'm feeling pleasantly calm. All the residents are gearing up for the 21st birthday "dance" for Katy Steynton and I'm wishing my own invitation would arrive in the mail. The idea for the dance is hatched in May and the book will follow the next three months that will eventually lead up to September and the gala event. As with most Pilcher books, there is the presiding matriarch of the family and, in this case, it's Violet Aird. Everything about her is reminding me of my own grandmother so I'm in heaven at this point.
Every character in a Pilcher book is colorful and familiar - either like people you know or people you want to know. This book is no exception as it is filled with housekeepers and grandchildren and estate lords and extended family members and, of course, one resident troublemaker who will keep everyone on guard. This author is known for happy endings and, while some are heartrending, the feeling of hope and goodness is present on each page. By the time everyone arrives at the dance on that September eve, you feel as if you've played a big part in planning the festivities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Highlands 18 Sep 2010
A well written story. Ms Pilcher obviously knows her "Highlands".
There were a few loose ends. I thought Alexa might be the central character but she soon fizzled out unexpectedly. Ms Pilcher presented a picture of highland life and scenary then placed the characters within it, rather like Thomas Hardy did with Exmoor. Up to a point it worked but the story became slightly muddled and mundane. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the read, I guess I just expected more depth in the story itself, given that Ms Pilcher as usual drew the characters out very well.
Not her best novel but well worth a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed and enjoyable read 3 Nov 2013
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The author draws you into the families and their lives and presents the reader with an effortless and engaging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROSAMUND PILCHER 6 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this book is an old favourite, I have read it many times but lent it to a friend so had to get my own copy again, its like an old friend to me. This book, together with the shell seekers, I consider to be her best work. The other books written by her were just pleasant but not exceptional in my opinion.
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Published 11 hours ago by Graham Stepney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read, always love to read her book, they draw you in to the story.
Published 2 days ago by pam
4.0 out of 5 stars September - a fairly good read
Having just finished two other books of Rosamunde Pilcher which did not really impress me I did find this one to be a much better read and thoroughly enjoyed it, It actually felt... Read more
Published 1 month ago by 2ld
3.0 out of 5 stars September
I have always loved Rosamunde Pilcher books but I found this one very disappointing. I did not feel like I couldn't wait to get back to it like I usually do with her books.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Boal
5.0 out of 5 stars As
September excellent read. On a par with the shell seekers. Intriguing story with excellent description and detail of surrounding countryside.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Joan Black
5.0 out of 5 stars great
these books are always great at any time you can really lose your self in them just lovely to sit and relax
Published 2 months ago by jennywren
5.0 out of 5 stars September
As usual with a story written by Rosamunde Pilcher, it takes you into an atmosphere that stays with you long after you have finished and have reluctantly turned the last page.
Published 2 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
Not the usual novel I would choose, but was tiring of murder/mystery/political thrillers and thought this would be light reading. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Sheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Lover her books
Rosamund Pilcher was always a favourite of my mum's and I am no exception - I have read all her books over and over again - especially good if you want a good read but nothing too... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Brooman
5.0 out of 5 stars September
One of my favourite books from Rosamund Pilcher. Stands on its own as a story but nicer if you read The Shell Seekers first where the characters are also featured.
Published 3 months ago by S Gee
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