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Swimming Pool Sunday

Swimming Pool Sunday [Kindle Edition]

Madeleine Wickham
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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" A fine entertainment."
-- "The Times"

Book Description

A swimming party ends in near-tragedy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552772259
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (11 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1T7X4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read 24 Sep 2005
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This was the first book by Madeleine Whickham that I had read, having enjoyed all of her books under her pen-name of Sophie Kinsella. I wasn't disappointed and found it absorbing and the characters believable. I'm definitely going to read more of her books.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A relaxing easy read 19 Jan 2005
This is the first of Madeleine's books I have read, although I have read her other books under the writer of Sophie Kinsella.
Did not really know what to expect, but quickly became engrossed in Swimming Pool Sunday, which is set in an country village. Reminded me a bit of Midsomer Murders but without the murder, kept me turning the page and wanting to find out what happens in the end. Really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading many more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated and dull 10 Nov 2010
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I borrowed this from my sister, I am glad I didn't pay for it. I've read most of the books she has written as Sophie Kinsella, so I was expecting something a little bit more like that. However, I found this book very boring. The characters were 2-dimensional and mostly unpleasant, even when you were supposed to empathise with them. The spineless parents were easily led by a manipulative lawyer to sue their friends, and their intermittent bursts of rationality were easily headed off by the most obvious ploys. The content and style struck me as old-fashioned, reminding me of a poor attempt at Mary Wesley. The subject was miserable, the people in the book were miserable, and I was miserable by the time I'd finished it. Had it not been borrowed, I would have immediately given it to charity. As it is, I don't recommend it at all, especially if you've enjoyed the Shopaholic books or her other novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing, but not awful 12 Oct 2011
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I've read quite a few Sophie Kinsella books, including all of the Shopaholic series. This book wasn't one of her best if I'm honest. Usually when I read her books, I find it hard to put it down once I open it but with this one I actually stopped reading for a few weeks before I picked it up again. It didn't have me desperate to find out what happened, but at the same time it wasn't the worst book in the world either. I would definately recommend her other books over this one, but if you're bored it is manageable. Bit of a shame really as I think she's brilliant in general, so I will be reading anything else she writes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a pool I will remember! 6 Feb 2011
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I am a huge fan of all books by Sophie Kinsella. I have read every one of her books on more than one occasion. I was getting a little tired and impatient of waiting for her to release another book so I decided to visit her website to see if there was any information as to when she is due to release another book and what I found out to my surprise is that she writes under two names Sophie Kinsella and her real name Madeleine Wickham. I have now slowly started making my way through the books by Madeleine Wickham and I loved Sleeping Arrangements and Wedding Girl and have now picked up Swimming Pool Sunday to read.

The books written under Madeleine Wickham are a completely different style of book compared to Sophie Kinsella books. I think they feel more mature and more of a believable storyline but they do not hold the humour factor which the books by Sophie Kinsella have. Having said this I still have enjoyed both styles of books.


Louise and Barnaby Kenmber have recently split up. Their two children Katie and Amelia still live at home with mummy Louise and Barnaby comes to see the girls once a week. When he arrives to take the girls fishing the girls do not want to go as it is the same day that Ursula and Hugh Delaney open up their swimming pool for all of the village to come for the day to raise money for charity. Although Barnaby is not happy about this it is what the girls want to do so they all head off to the Delaney's.

As the day begins to draw to an end Barnaby expresses his anger to Louise about not being able to spend enough time with the girls and it is whilst this happens that Katie has an accident and is rushed to hospital in a coma fighting for her life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes a long time to get into the story ... 14 Aug 2007
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Practically nothing happens during the first seventy pages ... I nearly gave up! Fortunately something happens to add interest (I won't tell you what!) and the book gets going ...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 30 Aug 2003
This is the first of Madeleine Wickham's books that I read, about 6 years ago now...and i've been hooked ever since! Every single one of her books are brilliant, her writing style makes it impossible to put a book down...leaving you on the edge of your seat at the end of every chapter! I would recommend each and every book she had written...a perfect writer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but readable 21 July 2007
This is the third Madeleine Wickham book I have read, having moved on to her books after loving the ones she wrote under the name Sophie Kinsella.
Swimming Pool Sunday was my least favourite of the 3, as the plot was quite boring and there were no paticularly exciting twists. However, it was very readable, the characters were realistic and the ending was very good.
I'd recommend this book, but try other Madeleine Wickham books first as this one may not encourage you to read another.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Another great book by Madeleine Wickham / Sophie kinsella. Well worth the read, lots of twists and turns, a must buy
Published 11 days ago by c a ohashi
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday read.
A good read for a holiday. Funny and easy to read. Good value for money as well. Would recomment it.
Published 2 months ago by diane white
2.0 out of 5 stars Swimming pool sunday
The book started off good but ended up having a disappointing end to the book.
Not as good as other books.
Published 5 months ago by ms kl jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A truly rivetting read. I loved reading it and couldn't help talking about it to my colleagues at work...

Brilliant, I loved it :-)
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated
I could not put this book down. Some of it is rather true of real life, sadly. Would recommend to everyone
Published 6 months ago by Caroline Yates
4.0 out of 5 stars SK/MW
I had not read any of Madeleine Wickham's books but would have if I had known who she was. This was very well written and so easy to read with no complex plots but with lovely... Read more
Published 8 months ago by neville pinto
2.0 out of 5 stars Too drawn out and too predictable.
The start of the story is promising but the story just draws out and out and it is all very predictable - too predictable.
Published 8 months ago by Charlotte Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I brought this for my daughter who really enjoys Sophie Kinsella books. She was pleased with it and enjoyed the book.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Susan R. Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I was expecting
Rather disappointed with this book ,having read and enjoyed many others.I had already figured out the ending long before nearing the end. I was glad I only paid just under 5. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SCATTERBRAIN
4.0 out of 5 stars swimming pool sunday
I enjoyed this book as a always do when I read a book written by sophie Kinsella. it was one of those books you want to keep reading
Published 10 months ago by mrs susan price
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