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These Fragile Things by [Davis, Jane]
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About the Author

Jane Davis is the author of six novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as ‘A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.’ Compulsion Reads, who have endorsed her two self-published novels, agree she is "one to watch," saying "Davis is a phenomenal writer." Jane lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, star-gazing, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. For further information, or to sign up for pre-launch specials and notifications about future projects, visit the author’s website at www.jane-davis.co.uk.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3242 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Jane Davis; 27 edition (15 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASBIPKS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read both Half-truths & White Lies and I Stopped Time, two very different books, I was keen to see what delights were on offer in this book. I was not disappointed.

The story is set in Streatham, London in the early 80's. Judy Jones, pops into a telephone box to have a conversation, without her mother listening in, when a wall collapses on her. Religion, in particular Catholicism, feature strongly as themes of near-death experiences and religious fervour, not subject matter I'd normally seek out, but the strength of the writing lifts the subject matter making it immensely readable. I was instantly drawn into the book and really wanted to know how the family would cope with all the changes including Judy's father converting to Catholicism against her mother's wishes.

Jane Davis really does bring characters to life, mothers, fathers, friends, teachers are all perfectly described along with their actions and reactions to events. I love the occasional asides, an overheard conversation here, or a mental comparison of one home with another there, all of which helps to anchor the story.

Ultimately relationships, albeit in extraordinary circumstances, are central to this book.

I was pleased to see there is a preview of another book included in the kindle edition by this talented writer.
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This is an extraordinarily well written book, in that it moves fast, draws the reader quickly into the story, and never wastes a word. Fast moving and punchy, it starts with a bang, when Elaine's daughter Judy is seriously injured, simply as a result of bad luck. The tale unfolds section by section, and it might spoil the story if the sequence of events is given here, but I can say that right the way through it's a highly charged, emotional, fairly shocking and dramatic story of how the principle characters' lives change.
Various contentious subjects are handled sensitively: the mysteries of the catholic faith, nymphomania, near death (out of body) experiences and, at its heart, the roots of the main characters' happiness and misery. Loneliness in all its forms is examined too, some of those we meet being enmeshed in a loneliness they cannot break free of, but are stolidly getting on with their lives in the only way they can, driven by their feelings and desires. There's the sadness of nostalgia, the yearning for 'what might have been if only . . .' And it's interesting also in the way that bizarre and strange occurrences are experienced by the characters, usually tackled head on, using a combination of common sense and hope.
The book takes on some pretty big issues and presents them carefully, examining just what might occur if such and such were to happen, and predicting logically the kind of events that might transpire. As a result of Judy's accident, the lives of her parents are never going to be the same again, and this 'changeability' of the fragile human psyche, to me, was what this book was all about. The frustrating reality of how one small decision can lead to catastrophe, and catastrophe can lead off into an unknown that overtakes your life, and there's no going back.
It's a thought provoking 'what if' book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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I have just finished reading Jane Davis's 3rd book, These Fragile Things, and cannot recommend it enough! It is so moving, thought provoking, sad and funny.

It is about a 'normal' family consisting of 3 members, Mum, Dad and teenage daughter, and how they all react after the daughter has a very bad accident. From various instances you can see how each member has reacted in a different way and how that then evolves into the 'family' life. Religion is saught/questioned by 2 of the members - something that had not really been thought about before the accident. The expections for the daughter, from the parents, differs widely as one saw the aftermath of the accident before she (the girl) was taken to hospital, the other didn't. Different voids set up within the family.

Jane has captured peoples anguish so amazingly - you feel all the emotions whilst reading this ebook. The book could have been a lot longer, going in to more detail about certain instances, but then again, I feel Jane has left them for you to think through yourself and what you would do/expect.

This is a book I would really recommend to anybody! Personally I think it is her best, by far, so far and cannot wait for a new one to be published!
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I have just put 'These Fragile Things' down and I am happy to report that it was another great journey into the author's world of fact and fiction. I enjoyed the plot 'twist' towards the end. I think that as difficult as it was a subject, it was handled very sensitively and sensibly, I appreciated the different angles and aspects of the matter taken into consideration. I don't think that is something easily achievable. Again, the characters are drawn in a very human and empathetic manner, the plot is engaging and entertaining at the same time. I am about to start 'I Stopped Time' and that is pretty much why I am looking forward to tomorrow's commute.
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That Jane Davis is an important new writer is a given. For those who have not yet had the visceral experience of reading her novels this particular book THESE FRAGLE THINGS is a terrific starting point. Davis has found confounding concepts and plays them out in her craftsmanly prose like an experienced professional.

The story is compelling and has been summarized for us: `As Streatham, South London, still reels from the riots in neighboring Brixton, Graham Jones, an ordinary father, grows fearful for his teenage daughter Judy who faces a world where the pace of change appears to be accelerating. But even he cannot predict what will happen next. A series of events is about to be unleashed over which he will have no control, and the lives of his family will change forever. When Judy claims to be seeing visions he will call it a miracle, and, to his wife's horror, the hungry press will label their daughter `The Miracle Girl.' Elaine, present when she came close to losing her daughter a first time - knowing it was the paramedics and surgeons who saved her - will demand a medical explanation. But Judy, refusing to become caught in this emotional tug-of-war, is adamant. She must tread her own path, wherever it takes her. Delusion, deception, diabolic...or is it just possible that Judy's apparitions are authentic?'

This is a book that deals with conflicts - between religion and superstition and acts of nature and science and perhaps luck - and how an earth-shattering act affects an ordinary family.
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