A Desirable Residence Paperback – 27 Oct 2011
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"Witty and wise" (Daily Telegraph)
"Wonderfully entertaining" (Daily Telegraph)
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Top Customer Reviews
I read 'A Desirable Residence' and was not disappointed...so went on to buy the rest of the books by this author.
Madeleine had proved, time and time again that she understands how people 'tick' and can write a great story about the simplest of events.
All her books are well written, she has an enviable talent, and if they do not prove to be 'classics' they certainly do what they set out to do,they entertain the reader...every time!
Set in suburban London Liz and Jonathan see no way out of their financial troubles until Marcus, a realtor, appears (more than appears as he and Liz begin an affair). Marcus is a busy guy - he also suggests that Jonathan and Liz rent their unsold home to a couple from London, wonderful idea until the tenants arrive - Ginny and Piers Prestice.
Ginny is a glam gal with a PR job, and husband Piers is a wannabe actor who may or may not land a top spot on an upcoming soapie. Thus begins the merry mix-up (think a Noel Coward comedy of errors and characters). Surprisingly, Alice takes a liking to the Prentices; Anthea, Marcus's wife thinks Jonathan can do no wrong; Marcus regrets a past not-too-smart business deal There is an assortment of woes, enough for all and more.
If we're still thinking of a Noel Coward comedy, it's Act III and Ginny hosts a party on the eve of Piers's all-important audition. You're going to have to listen to hear the fireworks at this festive event.
Voice performer Kate Kellgren is the perfect performer to bring this cast of characters to life - she has perfect comic timing and a range that allows listeners to quickly and easily distinguish Liz from Ginny and Alice from Althea, etc.
Loads of wily Wickham fun! Enjoy.
- Gail Cooke
This book is about a couple called Liz and Jonathan Chambers who have just brought a Tutorial College in Silchester and they can't sell their old house. One day when Liz is in the estate agents (wanting to know why they have still not found a buyer for their house) she meets the owner Marcus Witherstone and he says can find tenants for her house as the property market is a bit slow. On the day Marcus and Liz are meeting the tenants they both seem to have an attraction to one another and before long they are booking into hotels behind the other partners backs.
You also have Liz and Jonathan's daughter Alice who has no friends and quickly ends up becoming friends with the new tenants Ginny and Piers (who happens to be an actor). She spends all her time at her old house with them.
The book is based around all these people and for me it's just to much and it is also all over the place and you sort of get a bit lost. So I won't be reccommending and I am not sure whether to try another one under Madeleine Wickham.
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I'm a fan of this writer and she doesn't disappoint! A light read easy to get into and one that you want to finish. Very much enjoyed.Published 9 months ago by Stephanie G.
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