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The Beachcomber Paperback – 14 Oct 2003

4.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (14 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007146078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007796717
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josephine Cox has a truly devoted following for whom this bestselling author can do no wrong. So it's fortunate, therefore, that she so rarely deviates from the thoroughly engrossing narratives that are her stock-in-trade. Her new book, The Beachcomber, demonstrates all her considerable virtues: a grand, sweeping narrative, colourful and evocative scene-setting and (most of all) sympathetically drawn leading characters that pull the reader inexorably into her richly wrought story.

Set in the summer of 1942, The Beachcomber has two protagonists from disparate social settings, but both sharing the sense that something crucial is missing from their lives. In the quiet seaside town of West Bay, Tom Arnold is coming to terms with what many would deem a rash action--he has walked away from a prestigious job after his wife and children were killed when the car he was driving was forced off a precipitous cliff road by another motorist. Tom is convinced that the driver (who has never been tracked down) intended to destroy them all. As Tom contemplates his bleak future, Kathy Wilson similarly struggles with a sense of loss after a terrible argument with her mother brings home to her how unfulfilling her life of loneliness is. She has inherited a down-at-heel house in West Bay. Inevitably, the two find each other, and it's here that Cox's top-notch skills as a romantic writer are truly in their element. We are made to care for both of these well-drawn characters, and even without the return of the killer who destroyed Tom's family, we would still be pretty comprehensively gripped by the narrative. Josephine Cox fans will not need anyone to tell them that this is choice stuff—their favourite author is up to her usual standard. --Barry Forshaw

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Praise for Josephine Cox:

'Cox's talent as a storyteller never lets you escape the spell' Daily Mail

'Impossible to resist' Woman's Realm

'Driven and passionate' Sunday Times

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By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book started well with a little bit of excitement but fell into a morass of twee clichés which send you skimming over the pages looking for something a bit more original. hots up again towards the end but is ultimately unconvincing.
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I have three words for this book; enchanting, quaint and mesmerizing.
I always defined good books, as a book that will not allow you to put it down; this book achieves that and so much more.
Based around two very different people brought together almost by destiny, the story follows Tom and Kathy's struggle to overcome their tortured pasts, each locked in the turmoil of their own mixed emotions and striving to find inner peace.
The author astounds you with her ability to make each emotion heartfelt while keeping a captivating mysterious story line.
Ever thought of totally escaping from it all, fleeing to your own paradise ?? This books charm and imagery will make this a reality.
Concluding this book is a supreme read, pour a hot drink, grab a few pillows and get ready for a long night!.
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I thought this book might be a bit like Rosamunde Pilcher or Maeve Binchy, but it is not. It is extremely predictable. Half the people go mad/are psycho's (two are psycho killers and a few more harmless psycho's around too), which is a bit unbelievable.
The style is infantile and tends to annoy (everyone says "eh" after a sentence, maybe some people talke like that, eh?, but not all the time, eh? Or am I wrong, eh?). Also, everyone in this book talks to themselves especially Kathy. "I must go and see Tom" she muttered. She got up and murmered "I so miss him". It is as if Josephine can only express her character's thoughts if she lets them talk to themselves, but like the "eh"-thing, it becomes annoying.
The storyline is too crap for words. And listen to what the writer says about Kathy: Her tiny waist mesmerised him, as did her large firm round breasts. ...Come on !
I cannot believe this writer is so popular, this book was just rubbish.
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Easy reading and hard to put down. Characters are totally believable and the story is written clearly and with a comfortqble pace. I have bouught a few of this authors books to take on hol but I started reading this one and have to finish it now!
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I ordered this book on the recommendation of my mother who gets talking books through the RNIB. It was delivered very quickly, in excellent condition. The story is great and I found it difficult to put down.
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By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2003
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This book made compulsive reading. It had everything including romance and a twist to the tale. I loved every minute of it!
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I am a would-be novelist and after the first few chapters decided to read this as an example of how not to write! As already mentioned the character's habits of talking to themselves is cumbersome and annoying and the repeated cliches of wagging his/ her finger and being "shocked to the roots" were repeated enough to be annoying. In addition the characters were capable of lurching from joy to rage in the space of the same paragraph. Lovely plot, but the above annoyances and the trite descriptive pieces kept pulling me back to the fact that I was reading a book, so I was never able to "loose" myself. Very disappointing!!
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My mother in law raved about this book and lent it to me promising that i will love it. The reason I gave this book 1 star is because i found it the most unchallenging piece of literature i have ever read. I personally found the writing style extremely poor and too saccharine, however, I can see how it would appeal to some. Josephine Cox's writing smacks of someone who lives in a somewhat Utopian 'tea and crumpet' world in her head and this really reflects in her writing. I was highly amused to find almost 2 pages entirely devoted to decribing in all its tedious detail the main female character cleaning her house!!

I would not recommend this book for anyone who likes their literature thought provoking, but would suggest it for all those housewives who don't have a clue about what is going on in the world outside their own polished front doors.
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