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The Shell Seekers

The Shell Seekers [Kindle Edition]

Rosamunde Pilcher
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A huge warm saga . . . A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence (Maeve Binchy in The New York Times Book Review)

A beautiful, haunting story . . . that will tug at your heart strings (Prima)

Her genius is to create characters you really care about (Daily Express)

A long, beguiling saga, typically English . . . Splendid (The Mail on Sunday)


'A beautiful, haunting story . . . that will tug at your heart strings'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1162 KB
  • Print Length: 596 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312961324
  • Publisher: Hodder; New Ed edition (17 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N9BK7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time favourite 9 Sep 2008
I first read this book way back in 1987 when it first came out and have just now re-read it - 21 years later and it still is an amazing read. Rosamunde Pilcher really makes you care about the characters and what happens to them and I really didn't want it to finish!

The book hops back and forward through time with chapters detailed by different characters' names but this only adds to the book as you discover things about the characters that happened previously and everything is explained in the fullness of time. The only characters I found somewhat unconvincing were Nancy and her family - they didn't seem to have any redeeming features at all and I found that a bit hard to believe.

The description in the book is very good and you feel that you are there feeling the wind or smelling the roses - Rosamunde Pilcher is presumably a keen gardner!

I can definitely recommend this book and will probably read it again in another 20 years time!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
It's difficult to write about this author without using the words 'warm family saga' - that's her speciality, and that's what this is.
The story hops about through time, from the thirties to the eighties, as artist's daughter Penelope Keeling re-lives the past and remembers the love of her life, while dealing with present problems concerning her children and her father's artistic legacy.
Ms Pilcher is an old-fashioned sort of writer, and I don't mean that as a criticism: these days I'm very happy to read a good story well told, with no pretensions or gimmicks. There's no sex either, of course, but it's not a sugary romance, there's plenty of realism and real emotion. The wartime scenes set in Cornwall are particularly good: this is the authentic voice of someone who's lived through it all herself, and who values some rather unfashionable virtues like stiff upper lip bravery, and keeping calm and carrying on.
But have you ever re-read a book after a long period, and discovered that it's not quite as good as you remembered it? I loved this when it was first published in 1988, and I've always put it right up there with her other great success, Coming Home. But for me it hasn't stood the test of time nearly as well.
Mostly because I found Penelope to be rather annoying the second time around. She's lived a bohemian and sometimes penniless life, but quite a privileged one - she's inherited property and never has to work for a living - and although she says she despises snobbery she's still a snob, just of a different kind. She tells us how fond she is of working class evacuee Doris, for instance, but it's Doris who's expected to make the tea.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read. 26 Mar 2000
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Rosamunde Pilcher creates a world which we feel fortunate to have been able to visit. The depth of her characters and the emotions her plot evokes make this book a must read for sentimental people. This was my first Rosamunde Pilcher book. She is an author you want to come back to.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, memorable, vivid, encapsulating! 7 Mar 2009
By Lukal8
I absolutely LOVED this book. It's so beautifully written with such vivid and true to life detail and imagery that I don't understand why this novel is not more widely read. The author is clearly immensely talented, and employs an astoundingly clever style in her writing and depiction of family life. The book reads so easily that the 600 pages fly by and before you know it you've reached the end and long for more. Pilcher's characterization is superb and her attention to detail makes the novel seem really authentic and real, making you feel as though you are watching the story being played out in your head rather than reading words on pages (a rare thing that all truly brilliant novels should have). The story is also excellent and surprisingly entertaining with it's simple premise. I especially appreciated the saga aspect of the novel, going back into Penelope's early life during the war, as it seems so nostalgic. Another positive aspect is the fact that the book is consistent throughout in terms of focusing on the emotional relationships between all the characters in the book, rather than simply creating a dramatic story. The ending was also unexpected and heart-warmingly bittersweet, I struggle to find fault with this beautiful book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and not too dated 21 May 2008
This is a really lovely book about human relationships and how they can change over the course of a lifetime, and how they can be affected by major historical events. Through flashbacks and through her 3 adult children, you learn about Penelope Keeling from when she was a teenager to a 64 year old woman, and ultimately you become emotionally attached to her. The characters are fantastically strong and are either likeable or disagreeable depending on the person and their situation. Places are described beautifully and you can picture Penelope's garden so clearly in your mind. Although this book was written in the 80s, it doesn't feel too dated, other than some odd references to clothes and the language some of the younger characters use (not many teenagers today would call their boyfriends 'Darling'), so I am convinced that readers today who are new to Rosamunde Pilcher would find it very easy to lose themselves in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got on time good
Published 1 day ago by kathleen houghton
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate books like this
Just couldn't get into it. I hate books like this. I will finish it because I don't give up but it really is hard work!
Published 3 days ago by linda seedhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab book.
Published 10 days ago by Mrs Jane E. Gulliver
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit Mills and Boony
I think that Rosamunde Pilcher had written some excellent novels. "Coming Home" is one of my absolute favourites, followed by "Winter Solstice" and... Read more
Published 21 days ago by David Heald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 21 days ago by Debra Godfrey
3.0 out of 5 stars The shell seekers
Long drawn out vague romance story told over two generations.

A woman has to hunt up clothes coupons to buy a red dress during the war but after her death it is still... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Love this book. I have lost count of the times I have read it. Reading this book is like a warm hug or a mug of hot chocolate after a winter walk.
Published 25 days ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Roasamunde has a lovely writing style and a great empathy with huma
n emotions and life itself. I have recommended the book to my friends
Published 27 days ago by A P Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. She writes so well
Just the thing for holiday reading. I enjoyed the many twists and turns in the plot. I look forward to reading more of hers.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Jeffrey Hannabuss
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful.
This is one of those unforgettable books. Never forgotten, and certainly read more than once! Do yourself a favour and buy this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. E. Gard
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