- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 2 edition (1 Aug. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185998794X
- ISBN-13: 978-1859987940
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 14 x 1.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shell Seekers Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Aug 1996
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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 (Mail on Sunday)
Rosamunde Pilcher's phenomenal, heart-warming bestseller - read by Lynn Redgrave.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Am fairly new to Rosamund Pilcher having only read The Shell Seekers (which I also loved!).
Winter Solstice is an absolute must for the winter evenings.
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A present for my mum after she loaned it to someone and never got it back. She read this book many moons ago and it has always stayed with her, she was thrilled when I bought it... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Recently purchased for elderly Mother to use on her iPad. She is enjoying even though she has previously read the book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ms G
Brilliant story about the life of Penelope Keeling focusing on her life and adult offspring - money grabbing Nancy cynical and businesslike Olivia and scheming and womanising... Read morePublished 29 days ago by David H J Ashdown
This is a fab read, I love the characters, plot and the way I am always drawn into the story almost like it is part of my life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mummycaro
I have read this book every Christmas since it was published
I think rosamunde pitcher's best. She tells a good story and writes well. The characters come to life and it is easy to imagine the scenery from her descriptions.Published 1 month ago by lin jerrett
Got recommended this as a Christmas book, I'm a sucker for Christmas. I'm more of a Sharpe, Flashman, historic fiction type of guy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Wandsworth