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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (13 Mar 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1846485371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846485374
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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'...a strong writer when it comes to feminine identity' -- TLS

'An intricate, compelling story told with great insight'. -- Woman & Home

'Compelling and thought-provoking'
-- Red

`Tessa Hadley is a lovely, subtly teasing writer'. -- The New York Times

'Beautifully crafted novel, utterly addictive.'
-- Big Issue Cymru

'Tessa Hadley is...a prose stylist of quite outstanding talent
with a gift for psychological acuity and an ability to encapsulate the
human condition.'
-- Guardian Guardian

`Closely observed, beautifully written, generous, funny and true, Hadley's fiction is the real thing.'
-- Sunday Times

`Hadley has an eye for arresting images, and the faculty with language to evoke them.' -- Claire Kilroy, Irish Times

`Hadley is skilled at presenting her characters in facets, building up impressions through confusing contradictions, in the manner of Dostoevsky.'
-- Ingrid Wassenaar, Daily Telegraph

`Hadley's writing is fluent and tightly controlled, her closing sentences like perfect cadences.' -- George Rosie, Sunday Herald --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A marvellous third novel by a writer described by the Guardian as a 'rare and startling gem'. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Mar 2012
Format: Paperback
Kate Flynn, forty-three years old, decides to leave her university career as a lecturer in Slavic studies, to return home on a year's sabbatical to care for her mother, Billie, who is in the first stages of senile dementia. Home is a large, crumbling old house in Wales called Firenze, where Billie was born and has spent her life and where Kate was also born in the huge, old-fashioned master bedroom.

Shortly after settling back home (after a moment's panic where she asks herself what was she thinking of to give up her job and her London flat), Kate meets up with David, the brother of her old friend, Carol. Before she knows it, Kate finds herself becoming very attracted to David, who is going through an unsettled period with Suzie, his second wife. Suzie heartily dislikes the classical music that David loves - a passion that is shared by Kate - and soon David and Kate are spending time together attending concerts and sharing their love of music. However, although Kate's feelings for David continue to grow, she begins to realize that he doesn't feel quite the same way and, when David's seventeen-year-old son, Jamie, shows that he wants Kate sexually, she acquiesces, and then finds herself in a difficult situation that has painful and far-reaching consequences for all involved.

I really enjoyed this novel (which, although quite different, in some ways reminded me of Mary Wesley's Second Fiddle) and though it must be said that Kate is not an entirely admirable character, she is an interesting and complex one, and Hadley describes her situation so deftly and perceptively that I found myself empathizing with her despite my initial misgivings.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roderick Blyth on 14 Feb 2011
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One of the characters in this novel divides her English graduates into `Tolstoy' and `Dostoyevsky' types. It is reasonably clear that the first type is to be preferred to the second - provocatively dismissed as `two-a-penny' - a sardonic comment on the relationship between literature and life not untypical of this author. But in terms of atmosphere, theme and tone, it is neither Tolstoy nor Dostoyevsky whose influence pervades this sad and subtle evocation of provincial life: it is the influence of Anton Chekhov, a writer less interested in type, perhaps, than in situation.

Kate Flynn, a clever and articulate university lecturer, having made a mess of life in London, returns to her home city and makes a mess of life there. On the car journey down, she is involved in an unusual accident, which throws her into deliberately unaffirmed contact with Suzie, the second wife of David Roberts, younger brother of one of Kate's old friends. The accident, though quite within the parameters of the normal, is endowed by Suzie with uncanny significance and acts as the catalyst for a period instability in her marriage to David. Whilst Suzie experiments with the alternatives, the dutiful but now isolated David finds himself intellectually, if not physically, attracted to Kate, who does not permit him to perceive that she has herself become obsessed with him. Meanwhile David's adolescent son by his first wife, initially intrigued by the arrival of a woman who knew his mother before the latter committed suicide, soon develops an obsession of his own. A series of events that seem sometimes determined, sometimes fortuitous; sometimes deliberate, and sometimes utterly unconsidered twist the relationships of these four characters in more or less predictable directions.
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By CC on 22 April 2014
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to like this book, because it was well-written and evoked the atmosphere of the old house very well. I just couldn't care at all about any of the characters, especially Kate. Someone else said she was complex - I didn't think she was complex at all, just boring in the way that only utterly selfish people can be. Maybe that was the author's point, but it doesn't make for a very attractive read. Some other reviewer said something about provincial life, I don't know what that was about, Cardiff is a metropolis after all, maybe viewed from London it's the provinces, gosh, English people are so annoying at times.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. Davison on 4 Mar 2009
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I loved this novel. The characters were very vividly drawn and believable . Even the minor characters came to life. I thought the depiction of the relationships between the characters: mother/daughter; a troubled marriage; old friends; between young and old were all fascinating and to me, completely plausible. Loved her writing style too - I'll definitely look for more by Tessa Hadley.
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