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Things I Want My Daughters to Know Hardcover – 7 Feb 2008


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (7 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071815231X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718152314
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 4 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 761,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Noble lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. Her five earlier novels, The Reading Group, The Tenko Club, Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know and The Girl Next Door were all Sunday Times bestsellers, with The Reading Group reaching Number One.

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Witty, affectionate and unashamedly tear-jerking (Red)

Irresistible comfort read (Glamour)

So fluid, the pages turn themselves (Daily Mirror) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth Noble lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. Her previous novels, The Reading Group, The Tenko Club and Alphabet Weekends were all Sunday Times bestsellers.

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Lisa lay back gingerly in her deep aromatherapy bubble bath and looked at the 8" x 10" picture she had taken from the top of the piano downstairs and brought up there with her. Read the first page
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jess Hearts Books VINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book made me cry on the very first page.Something a book has never made me do before,the third or fourth maybe,but never the first.This book is about a woman who is dieing from cancer and has four very different daughters who she is leaving behind.Lisa in a loving relationship but terrified of commitment.Unhappily married Jennifer.Amanda the traveler who's never in one place to long is this because she likes adventure or because she's running away? And teenager Hannah who's mother is leaving her just when she needs her the most.Barbara decides to keep a journal and write letters to her daughters voicing her hopes, fears, dreams and secrets for the four girls.Giving them advice on how to love,how to live and how to let her go.I was very impressed with this and will be looking out for more by Elizabeth Noble in the future,enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By FabFive on 10 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Loved this book. I have to admit the first chapter was a bit choking - with lots of empathy and personal feelings and a few tears. The book goes on to be witty, moving true to life and thought provoking though as always with Ms Noble you feel good at the end. Once you've started reading you won't want to put it down!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Kelly Betts on 23 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I took this book into hospital when I was having an OP. I read it non stop for 6 hours and all the nurses were coming in to make sure I was ok as I kept crying, I said its fine I am not in pain, its this book. OMG what an amazing book, it really moved me,especially as I lost my own dear mum to cancer (brain tumour)and mum left me letters. I could really identify with the characters. It is the best book I have ever read. The nurses at the nuffield hospital at wexham now have it, as they couldn't wait to read it after my glowing review! BUY THIS BOOK!
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Format: Paperback
Despite having read three of Elizabeth Noble's earlier novels and having had two titles sitting on my bookshelves for a few years this is the first time I have read one, since I started reviewing. I have always considered her novels to be ones I will enjoy without having to think to hard. Why it has taken me so long to pick another one up I have no idea. It is six years since I last read one, anyway now I have rediscovered her I hope it will not be long before I get hold of the rest of her back catalogue as this was a good read. The subject is far from comfortable but Noble tackles it sympathetically.

I plodded through this which was disappointing as potentially it was a great idea and as I have said already tackled sympathetically. Barbara has a terminal illness and has so much that she wants to share with her four daughters, knowing she is leaving them when individually they still have so much growing up to do. That part of the story worked well for me but I felt let down somehow by the rest which was seen from the points of view of her daughters.

Barbara is very much aware that her time is running out fast and that she will not be able to share the ups and downs of her daughters life's and give them the first hand support they require. She decides therefore I felt in an extremely brave move to write her four daughters individual letters. Each daughter deals with the death and the shocks they receive when reading their letters in a different way, but all with a mixture of anger and sadness before acceptance. Lisa the oldest in her mid-thirties is frightened of commitment, then there is Jennifer married but unhappily hiding this from the rest of the family.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. K. Pymm on 5 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is moderately easy to read and follows the events in the lives of four daughters bereaved of their mum. It also looks at their responses to letters she wrote each of them before she died and which were presented to them after her death. I was a little disappointed at the lack of depth in examining their thoughts and feelings as there was potential to explore these in much more detail and this might have been helpful to others who are bereaved.
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By Zoe on 9 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
Barbara, a mother of four girls, is dying from cancer but how does one say farewell when they can't find the right words? She opts to write them each a letter, telling them all the things she wish she could say in person. They all have their own set of problems and Mark, stepfather to the oldest three and father to the youngest is struggling with how to deal with all of their problems without his late wife's guidance.

I didn't love this book nor did I hate it. It was well written though and was a fast read.

The concept was interesting "how do you cope in the world without your mother?" I wasn't digging the execution much, I can handle multiple points of views but they just coincided and I couldn't figure out who I was reading about. But I did like how they all had normal, ups and downs but at the very end they all were living happily-ever-after.. I would have liked at least one of them to have had a not so happy ending. It's like it had been gift wrapped and tied with a nice, neat little bow - just too perfect! The issues they all seem to have, and there was a few, was either erased or blanketed, which just ruined it for me.

Out of all of the characters I have to say I loved Amanda best. She was just loveable and the most realistic, she was also the one who was least up herself.

I would definitely recommend this for lovers of chick-lit!
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