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Thursday Afternoons [Paperback]

Monica Dickens
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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29 Sep 1977
Successful, admired, fairly happily married and ambitious, Steven Sheppard is very much a pillar of the community. But inside him lurks a little demon of boredom which prompts him to ask if there isn't more to life than this.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (29 Sep 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140007148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140007145
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Medicine in another age 22 Aug 2002
After reading Monica Dickens fascinating account of her nursing experiences in One Pair of Feet I was eager to read another of her books about the medical profession.
Thursday afternoons in a fascinating insight into the medical world in the 1940's focusing on the day to day life of a top medical consultant and his encounters with both an NHS hospital and his private practice it is amazing to see how life and the pace of life has changed in the last 50 years it is also a novel with an interesting storyline and an unexpected twist at the end which is quite a shock as the story through the book is very mellow and easy going!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent writing 1 April 2008
By Tamara
This book is probably one of the best most underrated books I have ever read. It is an excellent portrayal of different characters, not just the doctor but all the people around him. The brilliant writing and humourous plot does not prepare the reader for the totally devastating ending. This book should be republished for a wider, modern day audience.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The hero of this book is handsome and charming - no wonder he has a successful private practice among the privileged. His home life is less satisfactory. His wife hasn't kept pace with him - she's become dowdy and was never a great brain. Needless to say he has an affair. He wants to do more than pat neurotic ladies' hands and tell them they need more rest, so he tries to write a book. His publisher mate doesn't dare tell him it's rot, and strings him along. But to his adoring Nurse who assists one day a week, he's a god, and the poor plain thing becomes more and more obsessed. This is a later work of Dickens. Her books started out acute and funny with tragic incidents but happy endings. They grew darker, and this is one of the less happy ones. Prepared to ache for her characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars rainy Saturday afternoon romance 25 Aug 2008
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This is a delightful book. Beautifully old fashioned - it takes you back to the days of weekends away at friends' country houses, tennis parties and cocktails. Not to mention driving after drinking and without a seat belt!
Underneath the story are three characters hopes and fears for the future. There is no happy ending, but Monica Dickens sketch of a time long past and a certain facet of society seems spot on. I love this book - I first read it as a teen and go back to it every couple of years. It won't set your world alight and you do have to suspend belief slightly in view of the different era, but it's a great book.
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