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The Trouble with Alice
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on 1 December 2013
The Trouble With Alice is a unpredictable novel which holds a story about two people from two different back back grounds. The story starts off with bang as Kit and pregnant Alice are on holiday in Jordan and end up in a tragedy car crash. Through the yellow air the car fell, and then out of the sunlight and into the shade of a mountain. With a flash and a bang it hit the ground and careered the rest of the way down the stony hill landing on its roof changing their lives in an instant. The story weaves between the past and the present. Very sadly Alice has a miscarriage which appears to put tension and strain on Kit and Alice relationship. The once perfect couple seem to have to fall apart in order to learn how to love. The Trouble With Alice holds a novel about the nature of real love. Credit to Olivia Glazebrook as this is Olivia's very first novel. Review by ireadnovels.wordpress.com
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2011
It is such a pleasure to discover a gifted new writer... I absolutely loved this book. It is beautifully and sensitively written, both moving and funny. I don't have much free time and so if a book drags or simply isn't well written I will give up on it.. but I just gobbled up this book! It is utterly compelling and original, and the characters so convincing that when I finished I felt sad to leave them.. and just wanted more.
I hate reviews that give away the story so I won't do that... all I will say is that this book is about loss and love and what it is to be human... it is written with great compassion and tenderness, underscored with acute observation and humour. Just buy this book and discover it for yourself...you'll be glad you did.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2012
What a waste of time!
This was recommended as similar to the books I normally read (by Amazon) and I was swayed by the positive reviews. I cannot believe they are of the same novel; were they all written by the author's friends I wonder? The plot does not appear to exist. The story begins with an accident and the novel is based on the aftermath of this and how the characters deal with their tragedy and each other. I absolutely hated both of the main characters; Kit a spoiled, selfish man who, it appears, has never fully taken any responsibility for living as an independent adult in the real world, and Alice, a parody of female crises, a selfish, self-absorbed, self centred pathetic wimp. As constructs, I did not find them believable and I wonder just how many people there are who live like this; not needing a job, able to move around at the drop of a hat, a multi million pound house in London, no rent or bills to pay, taking drugs, no problem with having to move etc. I did not connect with either of them because the writing was not emotive, and did not endear me to their plight. They were flat and one dimensional and with no definitive ending and they did not grow or mature as characters. A pity, as I feel this was what the author was trying to do, but they were so devoid of any real emotion they appeared like automatons. I found the ending empty and unfulfilling. Some positives were the characters of Emmy and Jory, who at least seemed real, but the best scene (on the beach) was too short and these characters had more life in them in this short scene than Kit and Alice in the whole book.
Not intending to read any others by this author.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2011
It started well, looked like there could be scope for character development. Aside from the sometimes simple language I thought that both characters were self indulgent and not very real. They didn't represent a "normal" people (with jobs and responsibilities) so not sure how to relate to them. There also didn't seem much conclusion aside from him realising he had been an idiot!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2011
One of the most incredible openings that i have read in a long while, with a gripping pre-credit sequence of the car accident that sets off the action of the story. Glazebrook brilliantly describes the unravelling of a seemingly perfect relationship built on shaky foundations. I have heard her compared to Elizabeth Jane Howard and I couldn't agree more. She is clearly an author to watch. I love discovering a new author !
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2011
I started this book at Gatwick and couldn't put it down until well into my holiday. I loved it. It's a totally absorbing read, by turns poignant, funny and powerful. I cannot recomend it highly enough.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2011
Olivia Glazebrook delivers her message "Life might seem solid and safe but it's much more fragile than we like to think" unaffectedly in her first novel. Like the other women commenting here, I started The Trouble With Alice (on my Kindle) one evening and couldn't stop reading it. Olivia makes convincing observations about modern couples getting on with life, she keeps the humour but is not afraid to visit darker places. A great read and un-put-downable!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2012
This book is by no means a masterpiece, but it is an OK debut. Some of the observation is quite acute, whilst other bits are a bit naive, when talking about a relationship between a mature man that most obviously suffers from the Peter Pan syndrome and a young woman, quite anonymous in her making. They meet by chance and they fall in lust more than in love - or so it seems. She gets pregnant, he tries to pretend to be pleased, but does a pretty awful job of it. After all, a Peter Pan does not want any responsibilities. The fate resolves it for them, as they have an accident and she looses the child.

He does not want to grow up and she does not want to let go of her pain and sees it as a justification for living.

Slowly and separately they learn to face the reality and the life after.

The authoress leaves us with an open ending. And it is better that way...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2011
BUY THIS BOOK!!
Elegant, profound, yet fast-moving and easy to read Glazebrook deserves to join the ranks of classic English women writers like Elizabeth Jane Howard and Rosamund Lehmann.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2011
A brilliant first book. Olivia is a good friend so I was apprehensive of reading it and not liking it but I cannot recommend this enough. I hardly read these days but I couldn't put this one down. Right from the first line you are sucked into a gripping, sad, funny, moving and totally believable story. Her use of the English language is exceptional. I can't wait for the next one.
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