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This Holey Life by [Duffy, Sophie]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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'By turns deeply moving and funny, the narrative zips along in an appealing and spirited voice.' --Kate Long

'Sophie Duffy explores grief and the vagaries of inter-family relationships with her usual blend of warmth, wit and wisdom. A triumph.' --Margaret Graham

'Sophie Duffy is a real find. Sharp as a tack' --Laurie Graham --Laurie Graham

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Sophie Duffy is a real find. Sharp as a tack. (Laurie Graham)

By turns deeply moving and funny, the narrative zips along in an appealing and spirited voice. (Kate Long)

Sophie Duffy explores grief and the vagaries of inter-family relationships with her usual blend of warmth, wit and wisdom. A triumph. (Margaret Graham)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E67AK0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this novel, it's engaging, moving and a thoroughly entertaining read. I most like the author's portrayal of motherhood and family life. There are some very moving passages which I identify with because they remind you of your experiences of your first child. The plot is funny, of an unlikely vicar and even more unlikely vicar's wife.
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I loved this book. Great story and sub text. I love the way it unravels and it made a laugh as well as being an easy read yet also a page turner . Full marks
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I enjoyed the book - a light and generally happy story
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By June Doll TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2013
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This book is a realistic depiction of life - the good, the bad and the ugly! The heroine is Vicky who lives in a small terraced house in London with her three young daughters and her curate husband. She is on maternity leave following the birth of her last child. She loves her husband and children but has never got over the sudden and totally unexpected deaths of both her mother and baby son some years before. The death of her son, in particular, haunts her every day. Life is, therefore, something of a struggle for Vicky. She has also not got to grips with the sudden religious conversion of her husband Steve. He was a plumber and now, after something of an epiphany, is a curate. Vicky has never really come to terms with this and does not really see herself as a curate's wife.

Vicky's already difficult life is further complicated when her older brother (whom she does not get on with) arrives suddenly at her home on Boxing day with his teenage son. He has split up from his wife and takes up residence in Vicky's already cramped home. This is not her only problem as further problems ensue, one after the other.

If the above description makes this book sound like a tale of misery, it is anything but. It is warm-hearted and humorous. Vicky may have her problems but she copes, she survives. The characterisation is excellent. All of the characters, down to the months old baby, are vividly and realistically drawn. All of the characters are flawed, just like the rest of humanity, but they are likeable and believable and the reader cannot help but empathise with them. In particular we root for Vicky - we want her to survive and prosper.

This is a lovely novel, true to life, sad at times, but warm-hearted, humorous and sometimes though-provoking. I thoroughly recommend it.
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By hfffoman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2014
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This is the story of Vicky, who is the rock of her vast family. She is compassionate, kind and obliging and keeps everything and everyone together in difficult family moments, despite suffering and disintegrating from grief, invisible to the outsiders. Her pokey terrace in South London becomes a refuge overfilled with people coming and going, drawn to the house as a place of calm, safety, warmth and envy. Stores become complete, secrets revealed, and life goes on.

The story is funny in places but sometimes serious, touching on important issues of grieving and bereavement, soul-searching while living ordinary lives in London, finding yourself through motherhood, being a wife and a sister and a good daughter.

The central question is left unanswered - will Vicky be happy sacrificing her own personality and needs to serve the needs of her vast family?

It is not first rate writing but it does work up some empathy for the characters. For me it deserves 3.5 stars but it isn’t a bad book so if you feel like a light read for a weekend or holiday and the theme interests you, by all means go ahead and get it.
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I found this book to be intriguing - and that was just from reading the synopsis. It tells the story of Vicky, who is grieving the recent death of her son, her husband has just found God and has declared he wants to become a vicar, and their three daughters. However another couple of house guests also arrive in the form of her brother, having just split from his wife and their son.

I found this book an entertaining and sensitive read, however there were some moments of sadness throughout the book.I found the story limped a bit in the middle of the book but it quickened up again and I was glad i reached the end. The author does a very good of looking at the perspectives from each family member along with the extended family, which of course leads to family secrets and lies being unearthed.
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By BusyReader VINE VOICE on 11 May 2013
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Found this a good read, Vicky is a curates wife , her husband Steve was originally a plumber but had a "calling" and has now become a curate , they have 3 girls and a chaotic family life which Vicky juggles around childcare and trying to be a good vicars wife .
Vickys brother then arrives on the scene bringing with him his son , having left his wife and expects Vicky to put he and his son up. Also her widowed father is unwell and we see Vicky learning about her dads new relationship , and trying to support her dad as well . Needless to say this gives little time for Vicky to cope with her own life and sadness as we find she had a baby boy who died from a cot death not so very long ago.
The book flits between Vickys teen years and her present lfe and sometimes other characters narrate the tale , it's a poignant story which readers will relate to and has some nice humerous elements along with excellent descriptive text . My only criticism would be that Vickys 3 year old daughter is very well advanced for her age ( I have 3 year old nieces) and her speech is more that of a 6 year old.
I will definitely look out for more by this author.
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