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The Choral Society Hardcover – 5 Feb 2009

3.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847248012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847248015
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,199,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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…

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Format: Hardcover
This is such an easy book to read that I finished it in just a couple of days. I enjoyed it very much and would highly recommend it. It mixes singing, food and business, with the personal lives of three 50 something women, all of whom have their problems, but who become friends after joining a choir.

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.
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If you don't know anything about choral societies and enjoy fluffy escapist stuff you might enjoy this. But for enthusiastic classical or gospel singers, this book is to be avoided. No doubt the writing about food and food writing is spot on, but Ms Leith clearly knows nothing about music, let alone the world of amateur choirs: her research consisted of attending just one rehearsal! And sadly her characters and their adventures are as unbelievable as the musical details.
Three (predictable) happy endings in one though - that's got to be good.
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This is a terrific read for women of all ages, but it will resonate in particular for over-40s tired of being pigeonholed. The three main protagonists, all over 50, who meet when joining a singing group are each very clearly drawn, very different women and great characters in their own right, with problems, urges, triumphs that we can all empathasise with. It's pacey and funny - definitely Prue Leith's best to date.
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A very easy and relaxing read based on three totally different characters who become close friends-accepting each others foibles and all with talents which compliment each other.
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It's not often I start a book but can't bring myself to finish it. This was one of those sad occasions. I'm afraid the book is unmitigated, turgid rubbish. Full of cliches and tired storylines, which were, frankly, naff. Very disappointing, and I'm glad I paid such a small price for it!
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Never written a review before but I don't want others to waste time and money on this.
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
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I wanted a novel based/set in Cornwall. I wanted a little romance and a little humour and so when I saw Leith's novel in the shop window with the bookshops recommendation as "the adventures of 3 women who buy a run down hotel in Cornwall", I thought fantastic. The cover looked vibrant and the blurb on the back appeared to meet my requirements. What I actually got was a novel mostly set in London about 3 mid-50 year old women (whose names I kept forgetting as I found them totally uninspiring), who towards the end of the book have the idea of running cookery courses in a run down Hotel somewhere in Cornwall. I was very disappointed.

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.
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I am a big Maeve Binchey fan and I would place this book right up there with hers.

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.
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