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Learning To Swim Paperback – 1 Oct 1998
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However as a man I can say that this was an absolutely excellent read for anyone.
If you were brought up in British suburbia I defy you not to think that large chunks of this book have been written about you.
The difference between the two familes involved is stark, but you can't help liking them both in their own way. The characters are well thought out and are very believable and my only thoughts at the end of the book was that I hope there will be a sequel.
I was suprised to see this book won a romantic novel prize as I thought it was far more a statement about diverse suburban upbringings than a romantic novel. The romance, whilst interesting and believable, is a mere side issue.
I thoroughly enjoyed it!
If you liked the humour in this book then I suggest you also read Clare Chambers earlier book 'Back Trouble' which was very different but equally funny (and has a better cover).
Clare Chambers (whose debut novel: 'Uncertain Terms' I particularly enjoyed) writes with perceptive observation and also with a light, but penetrative wit, and although there were some poignant moments in this story, I also found it very funny in parts - even laugh out loud funny at times. The characters were, all of them, well-portrayed and Ms Chambers' depiction of Abigail's childhood years (especially the sections where she was bullied at school) was particularly well done. I wish the author had spent more time developing the part of the story connected with Abigail's discovery of a previously unknown family member - but I cannot explain further for fear of spoiling the novel for those who have yet to read it. Apart from that small quibble, I really enjoyed this warm and entertaining novel (which I have had on one of my bookcases for years) and found it worked particularly well as a satisfying and undemanding holiday read.
The good news is Learning to Swim is also the first Clare Chambers book I have read, so I will soon be making a start on some of her others.
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