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The Book Lovers' Appreciation Society: Breast Cancer Care Short Story Collection [Paperback]

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Book Description

17 Sep 2009

Irresistible tales of love, friendship, passion and betrayal from some of the top names in fiction.

A woman planning not just what she wants to wear to a school reunion, but who she wants to be . . .

A couple hoping to start a new life in Spain - and completely misunderstanding what they each want . . .

A girl who's brother falls in love with a beautiful male impersonator . . .

A woman haunted by ghosts from her past . . .

A newly divorced mother taking her teenage daughter to Crete for a holiday, longing to be young again, until she remembers how awful it is to be 17 . . .

From Maeve Binchy to Jane Fallon, Adriana Trigiani to Alexander McCall Smith, this is the must-have collection of the year.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409117375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117377
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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funny and thought-provoking...the collection definitely hits the spot for a quiet night in (HEAT)

a warm and uplifting volume of stories -- each one the ideal length for a coffee break (Amber Pearson DAILY MAIL)

Charity collections are frequently a hit or miss affair, but this one? Hit, after hit, after exquisite, beautifully written hit. (DAILY RECORD)

A guilty delight (NUNEATON TELEGRAPH)

Whether it's for Christmas, for you holiday or just as a treat, you can't go wrong with this book of short stories. (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

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A terrific collection of short stories from bestselling authors such as Sophie Kinsella, Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Mosse and Cecelia Ahern.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Lover's Appreciation Society 22 Nov 2009
408 pages of some top fiction writers, Joanna Trollope, Adriana Trigiani and Cecelia Ahern to name but a few. Every story is worthy of its place in this collection of short stories, £1 of each book sold donated to Breast Cancer Care.
This book touches on relationships, age issues, observations, humour and kindness, hopes and dreams, regrets and revenge. From the feel good factor of Sophie Kinsella's Valentine's Blues to the Nicci French's gripping tale The Last Word with its dark twist, reminiscent of Roald Dahl's Tales of The Unexpected.

My favourites have to be the timely planning of a developing relationship by an unlikely matchmaker, the crotchety Lady Lott in Freya North's Topiary. Followed by the pre-conceived and prejudiced ideas of book club goer Helena, whose window cleaner turns out to be both a well read man and an attractive proposition.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Man-Hating Chick-Lit 24 Aug 2011
By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I bought this book having thoroughly enjoyed another Breast Cancer Care short story collection, 'A Day in the Life' (see separate review) and because it contained a story by Tessa Hadley, who I much admire. Unfortunately, while 'A Day in the Life', published by Black Swan, contained a good many very subtle stories by leading women writers, 'The Booklovers' Appreciation Society' went far more in the 'chick-lit' and 'aga saga' direction. There were a few gems: Deborah Lawrenson's account of a middle-aged divorcee in Crete suddenly remembering the horrors of adolescence through observing her 17-year-old daughter, Joanna Trollope's story of a suburban boy who falls for a Japanese cross-dressing actress, Hadley and Anna Ralph's tales of grieving widows trying to come to terms with their losses. And there were some rather sweet, light-hearted tales: Katie Fforde's account of a middle-aged couple rediscovering their love on holiday, Adele Parks's tale of a book group and a woman who falls in love with her highly literate window cleaner, Sophie Kinsella's little romantic Valentine's story, Adriana Trigani's romance-which-turns-out-not-to-be-one, or Victoria Hislop's account of an unconventional Christmas lunch (though I'm not sure barbecuing a meal in December would quite work!). But in addition to these there's an awful lot of rather dull writing. There's plenty of tedious accounts of women who are bored with their husbands and sex (one feels rather sorry for the poor men), or men who selfishly desert women who then find they prefer life without them. There's the usual stories about girls needing A Man. A large number of the stories are competent but not particularly interesting. Nikki French's mini-thrillers are spoilt by not knowing 'Who done it' or even 'Who done what' at the end. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Highly uneven 27 Aug 2011
By alda
The writing in this collection is highly uneven. Some short stories strike me as being the output of people who are only dabbling in writing; neither the subject nor the treatment it receives is of high caliber. Still, there are some good pieces which are alone worth the price of this book. Wonderful little things by Cecelia Ahern, Douglas Kennedy, Sophie Kinsella, and a few others.
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