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5.0 out of 5 stars What would you have done?, 7 Nov 2009
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Telling Liddy by Anne Fine

Although I bought this book over ten years ago I decided to give it a fresh review as I have recently happily re read it after a year or two. This is a book I have gone back to many times since the late nineties and i recommended it over and over.

A tale of four sisters, Bridie, Heather, Stella and Liddy, `Telling Liddy' has a delicious shaudenfraude inducing quality. I am one of three daughters myself and so I immediately felt at home with the family dynamics.

Anne Fine is so quick and practised at building a scenario for the reader to get to grips with, making you ponder on how you would have dealt with such a tricky situation.

Bridie, the Social Worker sister, appears to be the first amongst equals, she seems to be the one that keeps this lively family of the sisters, partners, and their children together. Her own down trodden husband Dennis and their two young adult sons are however going their own ways. They are all being rather pushed aside as this formidable group of women get through their day to day lives in constant contact, helping each other and looking after the apparently weaker sister Liddy.

Heather is a successful accountant, single, with a different attitude to men than her sisters, she takes what she needs and moves on. Stella is an uber housewife with a quiet perhaps boring husband and a seemingly small mind. Liddy more flighty and with a complicated past is the child of the set, she inspires the others to take care of her. She has a new partner and a wedding is in the air, much to be happy about.

Then a spanner is thrown into the works when Stella tells Bridie a secret bit of information passed on to her by an old family friend...
From then on things really change. Decisions have to be made and the fall out is devastating.

I really enjoyed the way in which Bridie's work mates try to help and eventually do her a real service, the brave way in which she copes with what is happening to her. The effects on her marriage and her career are riveting. The story ends in a Fay Weldon-ish sort of way that leaves you thinking for ages afterwards.

A reading experience that I can only say that I found to be fascinating and truly involving, if you like reading about people and their families - try this I think you will be truly rewarded.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2012 13:58:10 BDT
Naj says:
What a great review - I feel exactly the same about this book (having read it some time ago and about to order a new copy) but couldn't have put it in to words as well as you have. It's a great book which I think needs to be brought to a wider readership.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2012 22:55:18 BDT
Thanks, I count 'Telling Liddy' amongst my few very favourite, to be recommended and read again novels.
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