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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (24 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747549362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747549369
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,409,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The court official leaned closer.
"What's gone past", he said 'is not just an advocate, any old lady advocate. What's gone past is his Honour's totty".

And what's going past is the life of Guy Stockdale, a 62-year-old judge, who has been married forever, has two sons--Simon and Alan--and three grandchildren. For the past seven years, he has also had a mistress; Merrion Palmer is intelligent, attractive and half Guy's age, which also makes her younger than both Simon and Alan. Her dad died when she was a toddler and she is well aware that Guy is something of a father substitute. For years the role of mistress has suited her but then, suddenly, this style of relationship isn't enough for either of them. They have both had enough of sneaking around and avoiding people, so Guy has momentously made up his mind to leave his wife Laura and marry Merrion.

Marrying the Mistress dives into the shock-waves that buffet the Stockdale family after Guy leaves Laura. The novel addresses the question of how his sons are going to cope, the explosive opinions of his forthright daughter-in-law Carrie and what his teenage grandchildren make of it all. Can any of them avoid taking sides? Should they? And what about the abandoned wife Laura, a woman apparently so long-sufferingly self-sacrificing she makes Mother Teresa look selfish?

From queen of the aga saga Joanna Trollope comes a dexterous portrayal of the causes and effects of marital breakdown: the stresses, the battle of wills, the bitterness and personal growth, the renegotiation of relationships--and an exposure of the depths to which the moral high ground can sink. --Lisa Gee

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"Particularly rich and satisfying" (Mail on Sunday)

"Clever, clever, clever... probes right to the heart of a typically modern dilemma" (Daily Mail)

"Brilliant" (Spectator)

"A swift and riveting read" (The Times)

"This is Trollope at her best" (Woman & Home) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 24 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a really modern story, up to the minute and deals with difficult cirumstances in a sympathetic way. However, there are many stereo-typical themes which are found in many books of the same genre. The story is slow in parts and there is very little change of pace throughout. This is typically Trollope - a good read but not a book that needs to be read more than once!
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I have read some of the comments about Joanne Trollope's new book and am very surprised by some of them. I was enthralled and couldn't put the book down. Maybe because I have been through something a bit similar I could understand. I actually starting crying at the end when Jack and his grandfather were talking in the garden. I thought it was the best book Joanne has written and I have read them all! I can't wait for the next one.
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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2015
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Joanna Trollope's tenth novel 'Marrying the Mistress' focuses on Guy Stockdale, a judge who is in his early sixties and has been married to Laura for forty years. The couple have two sons who are now in their late thirties: Simon (who is Laura's favourite), a solicitor married to Carrie, with three teenage children; and Alan, who is an interior designer, unmarried and gay and about to embark on a relationship with doctor, Charlie. Shortly after the Stockdale's marriage, Laura gave up working and despite Guy's encouragements over the years for her to build a life for herself outside of the home, Laura has insisted to Guy, that he, their country home and her beautiful garden is all she needs. But Guy knows that Laura isn't really content with her life and neither is he - and that is partly why, for the past seven years, he has been having an affair with Merrion Palmer, a barrister who, at thirty-one years of age, is younger than his two sons.  When Guy decides he no longer wishes to remain unhappily married and tells Laura that he wants a divorce so that he can marry Merrion, Laura reacts in a way that has far reaching consequences for all involved - as does Merrion's mother, who feels that Guy is ruining her daughter's life and has everything that Merrion will never have. Whilst Laura refuses to see, or even to talk to Guy, and clings possessively to Simon, insisting that he acts for her in the divorce, which effectively means that Simon is at loggerheads with his father, Carrie comes to the grim realization that she is going to have to fight her "manipulative" and "self-absorbed" mother-in-law for her husband.Read more ›
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By hfffoman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2015
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Ok it's not top quality literature and I agree with the various complaints that the characters aren't deeply drawn. Nevertheless she takes a difficult and common modern dilemma and explores it with sensitivity and insight. It's a quick light read and well worth it if the topic interests you.
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The characters were one dimensional, the plot was weak. I found it difficult to even finish, only persevered beacuse I couldn't believe that it was the same book I had read raving reviews about.... If you really must read this then do yourself a favour - borrow it from the library
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By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2000
Format: Hardcover
As the daughter of parents who went through a similar experience, I found this a facinating and absorbing read that gave me an insight into what may have gone on between my father and the wicked woman who started as his mistress, but to whom he really did go on to marry...
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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm not the sort of person who would usually write a nasty book review but the plot of this book has driven me to it! The story was so completely boring that it became a chore to finish it. This was the first Joanna Trollope book I have read, it will also be the last.
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In her usual fashion, Joanna Trollope has gone right to the heart of an emotional tangle in this story. She demonstrates the ripple effect which touches each member of a family when news of a betrayal comes out into the open.
Whilst the affair between Guy and Merrion was kept secret, all appeared quite comfortable in his family, at least on the surface, but once Guy decides to come clean and marry his mistress, the family dynamics shift dramatically forcing other subtly hidden problems to emerge and demand attention.
Likewise, Merrion has her issues, and her already difficult and complicated realtionship with her mother undergoes a thorough shake up.
One of the main strengths of this book is the author's ability to create wholly believable characters. She really does tap into the complicated emotions triggered by loyalty and dependency issues, creating an interesting and satisfying story.
This is clever writing, and although the storyline is fairly easy to predict, this is largely attributable to the fact it is so easy to get to know the characters in depth. All together a good read. Not her best, but good nonetheless.
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