- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (30 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857385178
- ISBN-13: 978-0857385178
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,640 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life' Daily Telegraph. (Daily Telegraph)
'Her portrayal of the first true romance of Jeanie's life will captivate both single and married women as her writing instantly takes you back to those moments of true passion that blocked out everything else in the world' bestchicklit. (Bestchicklit)
'Hilary Boyd creates a poignant portrait of a stale marriage and the ties that bind couples together' Chicklitclub. (Chicklitclub)
'[A] tender and intriguing love story ... Boyd is as canny as Joanna Trollope at observing family life - and better than Trollope at jokes. But she is at her best when quietly dismantling the scaffolding that families spend years putting up to protect themselves from each other' Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)
'Move over Mummy porn, it's time for Granny lit' The Times. (The Times)
The bestselling debut novel exploring love and passion in later life, for fans of Erica James and Veronica Henry --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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It made me laugh and cry and I totally enjoyed it! I really recommend it!
I really enjoyed this book especially because it features older people rather than perfectly groomed and stick thin twenty somethings agonising over a bad hair day. I liked Jeanie herself and could understand her frustration when everyone tried to tell her what was best for. Ray is an interesting character too. I thought the contrasts between the Jeanie and George and their daughter Jeanie and her husband Alex were very well drawn and showed well the different concerns of the different generations.
I thought the plot was good as it wasn't just a simple case of meeting someone else and deciding to break up your family. It really did show how life goes on while an individual is experiencing a crisis and how one person's life changing decision can affect many other people. I liked the way all the characters were changed by the end of the book. The dialogue was very well done and convincing and this is a book which kept me reading because I wanted everything to work out well for all the characters. Hilary Boyd is definitely a writer to look out for if you enjoy novels about older people.
Funny, moving and with a few twists and turns added for good measure, Thursdays In The Park is a love story in which (hurrah) the 'Romeo and Juliet' of the piece are not beautiful young things but ........ (gasp) grandparents in their 60's.
Very well observed, the author tells a truly modern story of family life (certain aspects of which I'm sure will seem all too familiar to many grandparents), friendship and love.
My only criticism? The reason why George leaves the marital bed when eventually revealed though unexpected just didn't ring completely true and I felt that given the nature of the reason the author didn't really explore that aspect of the novel as much as I would have liked ...... though then again, to do so would have completely changed the tone of the book so perhaps she was right to have made that decision.
Thursdays in the Park is a perfectly pitched, fast moving,hugely funny, black comedy and OAP baby boomer romance,
with just a hint of granny bodice-ripper.
The opening chapter is quiet and understated, belying the fun and interest that soon follows. The plot is perfectly
crafted and its twists and turns, together with Hilary Boyd's mischievous sense of humour and close human
observation, steer it firmly away from sentimentality, or what could easily have been just Hills and Boon, into a
delightful tale of the idiosyncrasies and insanities of family life, which keeps you guessing till the last page.
Cliched though it sounds, this book is a real laugh-out-loud page-turner. Brilliant holiday reading.
I look forward to the next Hilary Boyd!
By coincidence, there was a feature on this morning's Breakfast TV programme, about how 60-somethings, especially the women, are the largest age group filing for divorce. Perhaps once retired and without the diversion of work some women (and men, of course) suddenly realize that the partner they have been with, and had children with, for decades really aren't the the people they wish to spend the rest of their lives with.
Fortunately, I don't fall into this camp, but that didn't prevent me from empathizing with the heroine of this lovely novel and her break for freedom.
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