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Women of a Dangerous Age (Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Fanny Blake
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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Book Description

12 Feb 2014 Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction

Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Buchan and Katie Fforde, this is a warm novel about women, relationships and why it’s never too late to change.

Lou is married to a man who no longer loves her. It’s time to move on, to begin a new business venture and to start her life over.

To celebrate her new-found freedom, she travels to India, where, in front of the Taj Mahal, she befriends Ali after taking each other’s photographs on ‘that’ bench.

Ali is a serial mistress. But when she returns home, she discovers her latest lover is not the man she took him for. She too needs a new beginning.

As Lou and Ali put their pasts behind them, they start to discover new possibilities for life and for love, until the shocking realisation that they have far more in common than they thought.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 559 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (12 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410465225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410465221
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She has written various non-fiction titles, acted as ghost writer for a number of celebrities, and is also Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine. The Secrets Women Keep is her third novel novel.

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‘Women take heart. Here is a novelist who understands exactly the comedy, absurdities and frustrations of your lives.' ELIZABETH BUCHAN

‘Realistic, funny and thoroughly delightful. I loved it.’ KATIE FFORDE

‘Fabulous female “buddy lit” … a happy, liberating read.’ DAILY MAIL

‘Here’s a novelist with a delightful, witty take on middle-aged womanhood… A delicious read.’ SAGA

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She has written various non-fiction titles, acted as ghost writer for a number of celebrities, and is also Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine. Women of a Dangerous Age is the follow up to her first novel What Women Want.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars APPEALS TO THIS WOMAN OF A DANGEROUS AGE 22 April 2012
By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I really enjoyed Fanny Blakes first novel and l have to say she is doing extremely well as a writer
and really hitting her stride with this book as a novelist of fabulous talent.

The plotline is amazing its a cracking story - two women meet on holiday hit it off immediately and
returning to delightful old Blighty find they have so much more in common than they could have ever
anticipated. Not in the best of ways either....
What happens next is a victory for common sense, and above all womens ability to overcome the worst
that can be thrown at them.

I absolutely love Lou, shes a good natured chaotic romantic fond of a glass of wine or three - its a
happy liberating read and l was gutted to finish it, well done l am looking forward to the next one.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 28 April 2012
Format:Paperback
How often do you read books that make you look forward to a) your commute and b) going to bed? In my case it's almost never (especially since I hate both of those things) but, when I'm in the middle of a Fanny Blake novel, I want to go to bed early and get on the Tube for at least an hour.

Why? Because her characters feel like friends, and she really gets how important friendship is, her dialogue is spot on, almost uncannily so and I love being in the world she creates, however briefly. Most of all though, and the thing I like best, is that she has a really balanced eye for the absolute ridiculous nature of human endeavour and effort, both recognizing the importance of her characters' desires and ambitions, whilst at the same time gently mocking them in the light of the greater significance of love and relationships. If you want a book that is about real people and relationships, that explores friendship and frailty whilst being both thoughtful and funny then read this. Or the first one, What Women Want.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 3 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Was intrigued by the reviews - and the good ones are absolutely right! Fanny Blake tells a cracking story and this is a real Thelma and Louise kind of female buddy novel. Women are allies and not automatically rivals over men. It's witty - lots of very recognizeable rather cringe-making detail - good plot twists and a rather wise and satisfactory overall outcome. I really liked it and would recommend it to anyone of a dangerous age - or younger - who wanted an engrossing holiday read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 30 May 2012
By Mrs. T. SALMON TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I loved this book , I loved Lou , so much about her I found easy to identify with , as we are of the similar "dangerous age" the worries the too tight shoes , the sags and the drift downwards of the the fromer pert bits. Ali too is a character that I grew too like as you learn more about her it becomes easy to see why she led her life a serrial misstress. I will say the only thing I found a bit samey as other books is the opening of a shop selling vintage clothes , it seems to be a theme running through books of this type at the moment, not a huge problem but I just wonder why. It is nice to read one of these type of books with women of my age in rather than younger women , I would recommend for beach reading , sure to entertain and not depress
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and escapist 12 May 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Our heroines in this book are 45 and 55 and so I was hoping for something a bit different from the ditzy girls who inhabit chick-lit - but no: apparently age doesn't stop women from strewing their huge knickers all over airport concourses, buying beautiful shoes two sizes too small so that they're crippled on big nights out, and getting drunk and waking up in bed with the wrong man.

This kind of light read depends on sympathetic heroines, and I didn't warm to either of these women. 45 year old Ali's prissy eating really irritated me (she's the sort of woman who pays nearly 50 for a hotel champagne tea then `scraped an almost invisible layer of cream onto her scone followed by an equally meagre dab of jam'); and Lou just never sounded right for a woman who'd previously had a big job on a fashion magazine.

So this is light and escapist, a bit rambling, and with no real over-arching plot - not so much chick-lit for grown-ups, as chick-lit featuring older women who still act like they're in their 20s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Holiday Read 12 Sep 2012
By Player
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'd brought a really serious volume on holiday hoping to get through it in all those hours on the beach but then, just like any of the women characters in Women of a Dangerous Age, I left it in the airport taxi. What a lucky accident! It was with a sense of relief that I turned the pages and met Lou and Ali, Nic, Hooker Don and Sanjeet, each with their own lives, loves and problems, and read how their story developed. Ali, the jewellery designer and serial mistress has a real and embarrassing connection with Lou, the struggling clothes designer, mother and dissatisfied wife just beginning to break away from her husband. They make friends, and the revelations that happen, to them and to the other characters, make this a real page turner, but the book is also full of convincing detail about their jobs, homes and relationships and the hilarious accidents that happen to us all. Above all it's wise and kind, and the ending gives one a real lift. I'd bought Women of a Dangerous Age on the recommendation of a friend because it looked light hearted and a good holiday read, and so it turned out to be, but also, how funny, wise and moving.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
Enjoyed reading this on holidays. It was not a frivolous read but was one that kept you awake on your lounge bed.
Published 4 months ago by Pvr27
5.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING STORYLINES INTERWOVEN TOGETHER!
This is only Fanny Blake's 2nd novel, and it's a good one - well written. It features characters of varying ages, but is a story very suited to mature ladies - as it's title... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. V. Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Loved this the title is a bit misleading but give it a go it is certainly worth it very amusing
Published 6 months ago by Lizzy
3.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read
Its a readable book, although the ending is pretty obvious from halfway through the book. There are a couple of continuity errors in there which I find irritating. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jmb312
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
This book didn't get me hooked. Although I did finish it. Although the Characters, Lou & Ali were fabulous. Others might like it.
Published 7 months ago by Jean, Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Enjoyed this book how 2 total strangers ended up being tied together in a way neither of them thought and became the best of friends .
Published 8 months ago by lisa sansom
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Fanny Blake
I just enjoy reading Fanny Blake's books. I rarely read fiction because I like to relate to the people in the books I read and I find Fanny Blake's books realistic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anna Prountzou
2.0 out of 5 stars yeah, whatever
Was well disappointed with this one. Unrealistic characters, friendships and relationships. But that's just me. Was expecting better from this author.
Published 8 months ago by Cyn
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Really enjoyed this book, did not want to put it down. The book puts you right there with the characters, you feel you want to step in and help them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by puzzle
5.0 out of 5 stars For all women of a dangerous age!
I really enjoyed this book. As a 'woman of a dangerous age' myself, I could put myself in these characters situations and understand how they would be feeling. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patricia Evans
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