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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 1st Hodder Edition edition (20 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340922192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340922231
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very funny and moving book about life and friendships, and although it might not change your life it will possibly change the way you think about knitting. (First)

Beautifully written with a fantastic cast of women . . . worth taking a duvet day for . . . you won't want to put this down (Heat)

Have a tissue box ready for this emotional rollercoaster of a book (She)

The fluffy escapism of this right-on read is bound to hook you in (Eve)

The mother of them all. The Friday Night Knitting Club celebrates the power of women's independence (New Statesman)

A colourful yarn. (Woman and Home)

Thoroughly entertaining . . . with an unexpected twist (Prima)

Funny, sad and effortlessly hip. (thelondonpaper)

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The perfect pattern for close-knit friendships, this novel is refreshing in its warmth and you'll be imediately welcomed in.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anglers Rest on 26 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
The gentle story of Georgia and her daughter Dakota. Georgia is a single mum. James, Dakota's father moved from the USA to France and Georgia was left to raise their baby alone. Through a meeting with a lady in the park she starts Walker and Daughter a yarn shop, which is the venue for the Friday Knitting Club. Life is calm and progressive, until James re enters their lives and wants to get to know his daughter. Just as things start to develop between Georgia and James, something dreadful happens, which leaves the family and friends of Georgia devistated. A really good book, interspersed with knitting pattens and recipes. This is the story of determination,friendship and love.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. W. Lendrum on 13 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
It's like a big mug of hot chocolate - with cream !! This book has everything - friendships, hobbies, children, family. Warm and witty with an unexpected ending. If you like knitting, you'll LOVE this !! AB FAB !

Wendy, Washington, Tyne & Wear.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
A bit reminiscent of Ann Hood's The Knitting Circle we are again introduced to a group of women who meet to knit and find that they've stitched strong bonds of friendship. What raises Jacobs's debut novel above the average women-support-women tale is the author's finely crafted prose and a sterling reading by Carrington MacDuffie.

A recording artist and spoken word performer, MacDffie vitalizes a disparate cast of characters from Georgia Walker, a single mom and owner of a yarn ship to daughter, Dakota, to Darwin Chiu, a militant feminist, to shop staffer Peri, to Anita, Georgia's stalwart friend and helper, and more. Her narration ably reflects the different ages, backgrounds, and personalities involved.

The Friday Night Knitting Club is a cozy, warm read peopled with characters we'd like to know. It's easy to lose oneself in the story and feel very much a part of the group, as we hear: "Without ever putting up one sign or announcing the creation of a knitting club, these women began regularly appearing in the evenings and, well, loitering. Chatting with each other, talking to Anita, gathering about the large round table in the center of the room, picking up where they had left things the week before. And then, one Friday last fall, it became official. Well, sort of.

Lucie, a striking woman with short, sandy-colored hair, who favored tortoiseshell glasses over her big, blue eyes and colorful, funky outfits, was an occasional shopper at Walker and Daughter. She came in every few months and was always working on the same piece, a thick cable knit sweater--a man's garment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By meggo on 2 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
a lovely satisfying and poignant book to curl up and read when you won't be disturbed ... because you won't want to put it down. the deceptively simple story unfolds among a cast of fascinating and sympathetically portrayed characters, weaving their stories together like one of the knitting projects it describes. i hope this author has written some other novels, because i'd like more, please
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Deutsch on 24 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
As a new knitter, I was looking forward to a great "chick lit" book. Nothing heavy, mind you, just funny and cheerful, like the knitting groups I attend.
This book is not that.
Moving far too slowly, then rushing to the (sad) main scenario, I STOPPED reading about one-third of the way in. After flipping ahead and getting the gist, I did something I have never done. I tossed the book into recycling. Unfinished. I disliked it so intensely I did not even want to donate it to a charity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. williams on 3 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
I can't understand why this book has so many rave reviews. It started off slow, could hardly be described as well written and was full of cliches and plot devices that left me scratching my head in confusion.

It reminded me of one of those bad made-for-tv movies you get on the Hallmark channel. No real emotion and a lot of smaltzy advice and overacting.

Average at best, and definitley not worth the hype.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
Judging from the other reviews on here, this is a bit of a 'marmite' book. I personally loved it however, and I'm quite fussy when it comes to chick-lit. This book was much better than I thought it would be, and I much preferred it to Jacob's other novel 'Comfort Food.' Jacob's is very skilled at creating characters that the reader can both empathise with and wish you knew them personally- and this novel is no exception. It's neither too silly or too fluffy- it's just very nicely done.

Focusing around fiesty, independent Georgia Walker who runs a knitting shop in New York, this book mainly centers around friendships- the evolving relationships of the somewhat odd-ball customers who come into her shop to learn the craft of knitting, old friends of hers that re-emerge, her family ties and also her strained relationship with her young daughter Dakota's estranged father.

For me this book was a real page turner and it held my interest all the way through with just the right balance of romance and family. I loved how the author managed to give every single character their own personality and allocate equal chapter time to them all. By the time I was a quarter of the way through I was really caught up in the trials and tribulations of all the characters, and when the end was drawing near I was quite disappointed. I'm only glad there's a sequel!

If you like your chicklit on the sentimental side then this is definitely the book for you to curl up with- I'd just recommend that you have a box of tissues handy! :)
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