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Love Songs and Lies by [Purves, Libby]
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'A bouncy and enlightening read' (Good Housekeeping)

'The story is cleverly and compellingly told, full of perceptive insights and reflections, the Seventies period details are squirmingly familiar, the influence of Eng. Lit on a developing emotional consciousness is sensitively woven in, the parallel lives of students then and now are neatly drawn' (Spectator)

'Purves is a fine writer and the slow pace at the start of the novel proves well pitched to heighten the rising tension of the story' (She)

'Purves is good on modern morality, its subtle seductions and its potential to disrupt' (Saga)

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A story about coming of age in 1970s Oxford. Politics and the Pill. Pot and poetry. Glamrock and groupies. The way we were. Love isn't always easy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1132 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 Jun. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VD60I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is Libby Purves' eleventh novel, and her first written in the first person. Much longer and more detailed than the previous two, which were little more than Aga Sagas, it marks a welcome return to the demanding maturity of "Passing Go" and "Mother Country". Covering a span of more than twenty years, and moving from an affectionate portrait of 70's Oxford to London and the States, it makes an absorbing and satisfying read. The characters are believable, the plot mainly well-crafted and the shock near the end delightfully unexpected. As always with Libby Purves, there are one or two minor annoyances: a gratuitus rape and a piece of almost embarrassing ignorance of church practice on the very last page (Roman Catholics really should check their facts when writing about Anglicans) that spoils an otherwise delightful ending. But overall a splendid read, and well worth the price of a hardback copy. Don't wait for the paperback, read it now!
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I've read a few of Libby Purves' books and really enjoyed them all - this one was no exception.
It started well in that I found myself liking Sally very quickly and was able to understand how she had found herself in her various awkward situations.
The style of the narrative is very self deprecating which gave me a huge feeling of empathy towards Sally.
The book is written from a retrospective point of view as if writing memoires later in life. I found it very interesting how Sally described her feelings about events at the time and then added information that she had found out since and her feelings now whilst writing (sometimes very different).
The family situation is impossible and seemingly over-complicated but written in a way to make it completely believeable.
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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2016
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It is the early 1970s, and vicar's daughter, Sally, an intelligent but submissive young woman goes up to Oxford to read English. She shares a quaint but rather damp little house by the Oxford canal with her fellow students: the very attractive and sexually-confident Marienka, who discards her lovers like yesterday's newspapers and who is credited with discovering the house ("It's wonderful! It's on the canal bank, right on the the towpath! It'll be like living in Venice!"); and Kate, a healthy-looking and practically-minded young woman studying geography, who has a steady live-out boyfriend, Ted. Needing a fourth to share the expense of renting the house, Marienka invites to stay an old friend, Max Bellinger, a good-looking, self-assured (and very self-centred) postgraduate, who both Sally and Kate fall for. Despite the fact that Max has a beautiful, part-time girlfriend and he shows no sexual interest in the romantically-minded Sally, she cannot get him out of her system, and even when Max starts an unwise (and very selfish) relationship-of-sorts with Kate, Sally continues to moon about, longing for him to finally turn his attentions to her. When something happens which leaves Sally in a difficult situation, she takes up with Max's younger brother, a wayward and unstable young rock singer, for whom she writes song lyrics, and they embark on a rather shaky relationship which soon begins to flounder. There is quite a lot more to follow in this story, including Max's reappearance on the scene, but I shall leave the remainder for others to read for themselves.

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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2013
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Most women have known the pain of unrequited love, and it hits intelligent women just as much as anyone else. But few people would be so masochistic in their sufferings as Sally, the heroine of Libby Purves's novel. Sally is a bright if slightly passive vicar's daughter, who goes up to Oxford in the early 1970s on a scholarship to read English, and there befriends Kate (a sturdy, salt of the earth geographer) and Marienka (a wacky aristocrat, given to phrases such as 'I'm so excited I could spit!'). The girls decide to move out of college and share a house, and Marienka invites her friend Max (a suave postgraduate studying art history) to join them as their resident male. Sally falls passionately in love with suave Max, and becomes his devoted handmaiden. Nothing will stir her from her devotion, not Max's elegant girlfriend, nor the fact that (when that relationship is over) Max turns her down and instead takes up with Kate, nor the fact that he breaks up with Kate very nastily, nor the fact that Marienka tells her Max is a cold fish... Sally remains convinced Max is the love of her life. Fortunately she finds some profitable use for her longings in writing song lyrics for Max's very talented younger half-brother Marty (using great English poems as her models). Marty has a band which is doing well in the rock-obsessed 1970s and Sally finds that she is soon earning quite a bit of money. But her obsession with Max makes her fail to notice that Marty is in love with her. Disaster, one imagines, can only follow, and indeed it does. Sally leaves Oxford pregnant by one man, marries another a few months later, and begins working life as a poorly-paid estate agent's assistant living in a flat 'the wrong end' of the Kings Road (yes, this was a while ago, when the Kings Road had a wrong end).Read more ›
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