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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (20 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484955951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484955956
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susie Kelly was born in grey post-war London, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in the beautiful country of Kenya.

She now lives in south-west France with a menagerie of assorted animals, and is passionate about animal welfare.

Her first book "Best Foot Forward" was published by Transworld Publishers in 2003, followed by "Two Steps Backward" in 2004, and "A Perfect Circle" in 2006.

Since 2011 Susie's books have been published by Blackbird Digital Books, whose theme is strong, adventurous women living life to the full. Blackbird Digital Book people love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, resourcefulness, humour, the surreal and magic.

If her house caught fire and she could only save three things (apart from her animals, of course), they would be courage, compassion and a sense of humour.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marmalade on 26 May 2013
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I've read the author's travel books and half the fun of those is getting to know her a little bit more each time. As travelogues go they transcend the sharing of anecdotes and you really feel as if Kelly is your travelling companion. Sometimes you're walking together in the sunshine enjoying the moment and she is entertaining company, at other times it's better to walk ahead, or behind, especially when she's suffering from blisters or the weather is unrelentingly foul.

I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry is a real departure for the author from the travel-writing. To be fair there always was a personal odyssey dimension to her previous works. Always disarmingly honest she comes across as resilient, vulnerable, brave, bloody-minded, passionate, foolish. This new work is her back story and proves to me she is all of these things.

It could easily have been titled 'Always the Last to Know', Kelly's autobiography contains situations as heart-wrenching as they are impossible to embellish. Beautifully told, populated with larger than life characters, moving back and forth between late colonial Kenya and post-war/ cold-war England, repression, fear, jealousy and misunderstanding tear a family apart. Characterisation is nuanced and complex. Kelly affords everyone alibis and is hardest of all upon herself. There is also love: unrequited love, love lost and love regained, and, like a thread running through the book, a love affair with Africa (and Cinderella!).

I found, like The Remains of the Day or On Chesil Beach, this book doesn't leave you with any sense of closure, rather there's aching, guilt and the remorse of opportunities lost forever. I'm sure autobiographies can be a form of therapy but this one must have been the most painful book to write.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Keefe on 20 May 2013
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Books are escapism, and Susie Kelly's books about her adventures and life in France have kept me entertained over the years.

I knew this book was going to be different, but nothing prepared me for its content.

When you see an author's picture, and have followed her escapades, somehow you feel in a way, you know her. This book dispels that illusion. The title is easily understandable, everyone regrets not having the chance to say things, or leaving it too late...

What a story! Written in Susie's extremely honest way, but unlike her other books, in this one, we learn of her childhood in England and Kenya, her life choices and the decisions she has had to make.

An open, heart-rending insight into her life, which I found a compelling read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sos on 18 July 2014
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I too have read all of Susie's other books and was interested to read this one and find out more about her. This would make a fantastic film along the same lines as Richard E Grant's "Wah Wah", Nigel Slater's "Toast" or " The Flame Trees of Thika" (it even has a similar young girl and white pony!).

There is something very special about this book and the way the reader is instantly drawn into Susie's world and the appalling people and situations she had to endure.

Like other reviewers I do not think that it is she who should be apologising. Helen and her father, her husband and his family el al, seemed to have had no capacity what so ever for forgiveness, love or understanding, but Susie shows that despite everything, she has all three in buckets.

A very moving unputdownable account that still leaves three questions unanswered. It certainly leaves you appreciating your own blessings and reminds you that you should never take them for granted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Annie Marriott on 3 Jan 2014
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Susie tells the story of her life with freshness and honesty, the hopefulness and humour of her young life is translated through the pages as if it had happened yesterday, and the unbearable sadnesses are enough to break our hearts and touch those lonely places in our own lives we had longed to forget. This isn't a story that wraps up neat and tidy, it's real life and that's never like the movies, kid, but I hope that for Susie and the rest of us there is some comfort yet to come. Thank you, Susie Kelly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on 9 Jan 2014
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I have read all of Susie Kelly's books and enjoyed them all. Little had prepared me for this book though. I follow Susie's blog and know her to be inventive, sensitive, a great champion and lover of animals and most of all, she is funny. Her sense of humour in her blog writing can make my day! In this book, Susie opens up to us as we journey with her into her past. Written from the heart, Susie generously shares with us her experiences of growing up without her mother. It is an interesting account of life in Africa and the UK. I read the book quickly and shed a few tears during the last chapter. A lovely read. I can recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Coates on 28 Oct 2013
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My "to read" pile is enormous, and I did take far too long to read this wonderful book by an author I'd read before and enjoyed.

It was worth waiting for though. Kelly's style is a winning one; honest, open, and always willing to engage the reader even when the subject matter is difficult.

Forget celebrity memoirs...read one by a real person with a real and compelling story to tell.

Superb.
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