- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: John Murray (29 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0719568706
- ISBN-13: 978-0719568701
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24 x 2.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,519,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Satisfaction Hardcover – 29 Jun 2006
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'An elegant and incredibly accomplished debut; Gillian Greenwood captures the subtle shifts in relationships with rare perception and wit' (Kathleen Tessaro, author of ELEGANCE and INNOCENCE)
'Sophie at John Murray says [Satisfaction] is her top tip for 2006' (New Books Mag: Guy Pringle)
'A seriously good comedy of manners' (Melvyn Bragg)
'Entertaining and beautifully constructed first novel...It is completely satisfying. Take this book to the beach, but read it in the shade.' - Observer (Observer)
'This is obviously a story Greenwood wants to tell; she loves her troupe of players and has realised them all in a deft, careful way. ... a gentle, interesting tale and an accomplished debut' (Evening Standard)
'Greenwood slowly reveals, in careful, considered prose, the ever-changing dynamics of contentment, and discloses, with the help of a shocking twist, how happiness happens.' (Daily Mail)
'Deftly constructed' (Good Housekeeping)
'With deft plotting, a light touch and plenty of writerly observation about modern mores, Greenwood delivers an entertaining first novel' (Rachel Hore, Guardian)
'Well-crafted' (The Times Literary Supplement)
'Enjoyable and thought-provoking' (Woman's Own)
A charming husband, two beautiful children, cherished friends and a secure future. Satisfied yet? A very modern story of love, sex, hardship and friendshipSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
It is both deep and moving yet light hearted and perceptive. She has an amazing ability to drill down to an emotional core of her characters, exploring subtle changes in moods and relationships without it ever being boring or heavy.
You feel instantly drawn in , and I found it impossible to put down.
A great read....full marks for enjoyment. If only all books we buy could be this well written....!
It's a plot that had some potential, but the smug, pampered upper middle-class characters (no one apart from Thea appears to have any idea of society outside their charmed circle of financiers, businessmen and actors) and the waffly, repetitive dialogue meant that the book rapidly became very, very dull.Read more ›
Patrick is at first taken back by Amy's admission, unused to seeing such pleasure in his particular working world, and feeling hypnotized but her presence, he almost finds himself lost to a daydream as he begins to listen to her confession. Apparently, Amy's husband James once had a series of sessions with Patrick ten years ago, James, however, never told his wife about them. Now Amy wants to enquire why her husband visited the psychiatrist and whether James had told him "that he was sick with joy the day he married me?"
Back in the hot and sticky summer of 1994 James and Amy appeared to have the perfect marriage and at least outwardly, James was satisfied to step into his future with assurance; he was, it seemed, destined for contentment and success. His old school mate Archie was always by his side, helping James along and without a doubt their relationship had become something of a mutual admiration society, Archie admiring James without really comprehending the rules he lived by.
But it is Archie's friendship with Amy that seems to the most cause for uneasiness. Amy is of course is married to James, but her focus is always on his best friend.Read more ›