Shooting Butterflies Paperback – 2 Feb 2004
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A perceptive and delicately written study of human relations
painful, funny and fresh, which Cobbold has structured quite ingeniously -- Observer
Gripping and moving a sharp observation of one womans emotional life -- The Times
This is a novel about outsiders and the dynamics of family relationships absorbing -- Daily Mail
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Fans of Maggie OFarrell and Sally Vickers will adore Shooting Butterflies --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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While Grace is confronting her past life, she decides to take action by setting out to discover the real identity of the artist of the picture she has received from her deceased lover - and, more importantly, of why (like Grace herself) the artist seems to have disappeared at the height of their creative powers. This leads Grace yet again back to her past life and into the realms of an old family friend, Noah Blackstaff, and his elderly grandmother, Louisa, the wife of a well-known artist, who spent her life in the shadow of an over-bearing husband who belittled her artistic talents.Read more ›
I love the way Marika's female main characters are always so forthright, so un-daintily feminine and so much more than the usual drippy rom-commy females we generally see in women's contemporary fiction. They say what they think, think what they like and are never drawn in a syrupy-'love me do' fashion. These are real women, and as such I identified so well with Grace Shield, the heroine of this story. She had rubbish things happen to her but she got on with it. She seemed to have hardened corners but her character was the better drawn for it and more identifiable because of them. I found myself many times believing that I was actually Grace and this doesn't happen very often with books I read. Usually I am outside looking in; with Shooting Butterflies I 'got' everything Grace was going through.
If I ever write anything half as good as any of Marika's books then I shall die knowing I did well.
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This is my second time of reading - a change of age and circumstances has made its content all the more relevant the author has incredible understanding of age - how it affects the... Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2013 by Mrs Heather S Wright
Reading a book by Marika Cobbold is more than just reading, it's living the experience. Shooting Butterflies is the story of people from complicated family backgrounds trying to... Read morePublished on 10 May 2012 by sue
This is a weep-both-ways story, with rare wit, making me both sad (as it touched on past events) and smiling in equal measure. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2011 by Songbird
This is the first Marika Cobbold novel I have read, and I will certainly be back for more. Her portrayal of human character is insightful; her writing is at times dark and... Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2011 by LoveReading
This was the first book I've read by this Author.
I found the story to be a like a slice of cake. Each chapter built layer upon layer as the story progresses. Read more
What a great title! Regrettably, the novel disappoints. Our book club felt the author produced a confused structure around the admirable character portrayals of Grace and Louisa. Read morePublished on 16 May 2007 by Book club reader