The Choral Society Hardcover – 5 Feb 2009
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Prue Leith was not just born to cook ... she was also born to write - Daily Mail
Prue Leith, as well as being a brilliant cook and business woman, is also a highly accomplished novelist - Sue MacGregor
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Three women in their fifties - one widowed, one divorced and one never married - meet when they join a choir. Lucy, a food journalist, is obeying her bossy daughter who prescribes singing to assuage her grief. Joanna, the successful businesswoman for whom failure is not an option, is tackling her inability to sing a note. And much-divorced Rebecca is unashamedly looking for another mate. When they decide to combine their talents to restore a run-down hotel on the Cornish coast and turn it into a spa offering holiday courses, conflict is bound to result. Lucy, Joanna and Rebecca are a sympathetic and engaging trio, very different women, each with private demons to confront. We feel for them as they cope, or fail to cope, with the pain of the past and fear for the future. Prue Leith makes their intertwined journeys riveting and ultimately satisfying, even uplifting. The choir teaches them a good deal more than how to sing…See all Product Description
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This is easily my favourite Prue Leith novel to date, proving that the author is growing as a writer with each book she produces. It's a very engaging read, which draws the reader in to the story and the lives of the characters.
I enjoyed how the author brought her own experiences of food and food writing into the book. All in all, an excellent book.
Three (predictable) happy endings in one though - that's got to be good.
The characters have no depth and the so called "choral society" has been used as an extremely clumsy device to pull them together.
Prue Leith should stick to catering!Choral Society
What I struggled with the most was how 'unlikeable' the characters were. I didn't warm to any of them, in fact on times they annoyed me. They said silly things I wasn't sure a woman would really say or think. There was also some uncomfortable stereotypical language and ideas regarding black and Asian people - this made for very awkward reading and actually put me off wanting to finish it, I only did so to prove to myself I hadn't overreacted. I felt the author may have been trying to be a little too cool and contemporary, and has been lucky not to get herself (or her publishers) into trouble. Perhaps she did research it, or knows the culture well and therefore felt qualified to write about it, but it came across as clumsy and awkward and therefore best avoided.
It was a good novel in that the characters were better stronger woman than they were at the beginning, but I can't find any other redeeming features.Read more ›
About 4 months ago I heard an interview with Prue Leith on the radio and then found her books here in Amazon.
I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered copies for friends and family.
Since music doesn't have much interest for me I was a bit leary about the title but there is very little music involved.
It is a lovely story about 3 ladies over the late 40's. Prue weaves a smooth tale combining now and then, her knowledge of food with the story lines. It is a book that makes you look forward to bedtime if that is where you read.
Now I am looking forward to reading everything she has written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have sung in a choir for most of my life, starting at school and now in a small ladies group. All choir people will know of the ups and downs of belonging to a singing group. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nikkita McCutcheon
Well written, easy read, good story. Multi talented lady Ms Leith, great recipes and great books, what next?Published 16 months ago by Jane Matheson
Easy reading, but not enough about the titular Choral Society to warrant the termPublished 19 months ago by B. Cooper
A good book, light reading, but well developed characters with interesting friendship between 3 very different women, all having reached a turning point in their lives. Read morePublished on 6 April 2014 by C. G. Williams
Don't really know whether I enjoyed it or not _ story held my attention to the end but at first I found it difficult to remember which characters were which _once I got into it the... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2013 by jean twort
I had greatly enjoyed a session at the Edinburgh Book Festival where Pru Leith captivated the audience with her witty story telling. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2012 by Bluebell
Prue Leith is a name you probably associate with cookery rather than fiction although it is now many years since she gave up that career to become a novelist. Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2012 by LindyLouMac
I raced through The Choral Society as it was a real page-turner. Laundry remained unwashed, the cat reminded me that it was way past his dinner time on more than one occasion! Read morePublished on 20 July 2012 by Becky