All the Hopeful Lovers Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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'So incredibly accurate and true. Utterly captures the sense of quiet desperation of ordinary lives and the ways in which life turns on a sixpence' Kate Mosse. (Kate Mosse)
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Belinda wistfully reflects how much better at sex she is now than when she was in her twenties. A lover would be nice but she'd never be unfaithful to her husband, Tom. So when she finds out he's having an affair, she's more than angry. The seven days following her discovery see her through a rollercoaster of highs and mostly lows.
And what about Tom, and his lover Meg? It's not easy for them either. Alongside this knot of middle-aged lovers is a tangle of teenage ones, as Belinda's flirty daughter Chloe tries to set up Jack with shy Alice, without realizing that Jack is full of secret longings for her. Each character faces their own personal dramas, unaware of the troubles that engulf those around them.
Nicholson casts an unflinching eye on men's attitude to sex, on how women feel, on love and family life. This is our won familiar world rendered pacy, funny, emotionally on the button and hugely entertaining.
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This book, as with Secret Intensity, looks at the lives of the people who live in the village over just a few days, this time in December 2008. William Nicholson is a master at taking the everyday events in the characters' lives and making them interesting to the reader. I read this book very quickly and found myself reluctant to put it down.
I understand he is writing a third book in the series and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on it.
My only gripe? The hardback covers would lead you to think of these as frilly, vacuous, romantic novels. They're not and the books deserve a better representation.
Well, there is Belinda & Tom, in the middle years of their marriage, not particularly happy but tottering along. Plastic surgeon Tom (cosmetic) is bonking Meg, in Admin. Belinda finds out & decides to indulge an itch of her own involving Kenny, a man she knew years ago and who has a certain reputation. She knows where he lives! She confides all this with her friend Laura, similar age, has some regrets but married to Henry in a quiet sort of way. Laura has a sister Diana in London married to Roddy who has suddenly gone all silent on her. It turns out he is "looking for God" which puts the fear of God up Diana. Diana introduces Belinda to the installation art work of Joe Nolan, whose work is being promoted by Chtistina, who used to work for Henry & fancies getting off with Joe. She tries to engineer a contretemps between modern Joe and stuckist Anthony Armitage, Joe's former tutor. Meanwhile Belinda's daughter Chloe back from uni. & the object of Laura's son Jack's desire is trying to set up a romance between him & Alison, the daughter of estranged Guy & Liz Dickinson, the partner of Alan Strachan a frustrated script writer. All very middle class and southern counties, but now enter Matt Early, plumber & violin restorer who lives with his mother but determines to make adulterous Meg his own.....
So far, so soap? Actually, no; much more perceptive. A better insight into the minds & personalities of the characters & their motives is very rare. Needless to say, nothing quite works out the desired way & there is resignation, reconciliation, disappointment and downright frustration to be seen.Read more ›
Overall, enjoyable enough to pass the time, but nothing spectacular it must be said. The book covers on the current versions of Nicholson's novels hopelessly mis-sell the books as weak romances, from the soppy artwork and pointed questions about love and relationships. Yes, they are about those themes, but done in a much more subtle way than a first look would have you believe. As a result, one suspects the covers alone are putting off loads of readers (especially men), who would find these stories quite thought-provoking and enjoyable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable and emotionally satisfying, All The Hopeful Lovers is a set of variations on an age-old theme. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian Keaney
I bought this book to keep me entertained whilst on holiday for those moments when you just have a little bit of a lounge around. I found that I could not put this book down! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Emma
second in a series , well written and thoughtful. Dont let the title and cover illustration put you off.Published 21 months ago by debby turner
Although I don't usually like novels in contemporary setting, this author has so much insight into peoples' feelings about love and sex, it wouldn't matter what the setting... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2014 by Georgia Sands
Loved it from beginning to end. Thoroughly absorbing, enjoyable and very funny too. I cared about all the characters. Clever book.Published on 5 April 2014 by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter