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An Unchoreographed Life by [Davis, Jane]
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'An extraordinary level of emotion brought on by some superb storytelling.' ~ The Cult Den
'I was enjoying the story so much I couldn't decide what I wanted most: to quickly find out what happened to the characters or for the book not to finish at all. In the end, the author left me with hope--hope for a decent future in such a chaotic life that any of us could fall into, given the right circumstances.' ~ Liza Perratt, Author
'I think this is her best work to date and recommend you start on this one.' ~ Peter Snell, Bookseller
'Effortlessly flows from one line to the next. Davis really knows how to make her prose sing.' ~ Jessica Bell, Author, Cover Designer, Artist, Musician
'The whole novel had a compelling honesty; I never doubted that things happened exactly as described, right to the very last word. I have discovered a new favourite author.' ~ Jean Gill, Author and Photographer
'Davis has an incredible knack for making everything count. Each moment in every chapter had meaning, was meant to be there, and was strong even if I didn't know it at the time.' Aimee McCracken
'A writer at the pinnacle of her craft.' ~ Linda Carol
'Beautifully written, engaging & heart-breaking. I loved every minute of it.' ~ S M Spencer
'Best book by a country mile I have read for a long time.' ~ Sue Darnell, Reader

About the Author

Jane Davis is the author of seven 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.' The Bookseller featured her in their 'One to Watch' section. Six further novels have earned her a loyal fan base and wide-spread praise. She is regularly compared to more seasoned authors such as Kate Atkinson and Maggie O’Farrell. Writing magazine described her work as 'exemplary' and named An Unknown Woman their Self-published Book of the Year. Jane's favourite description of fiction is ‘made-up truth’. Jane lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When she is not writing, you may spot Jane disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand. To learn more about Jane and keep in the loop on her current projects: Visit her website: www.jane-davis.co.uk and subscribe to her newsletter 'Like' her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JaneDavisAuthorPage Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/janerossdale Follow her on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/janeeleanordavi/boards/

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JV14ZJQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #445,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a much more direct and less convoluted telling of a story than some of Jane's earlier books. It is her best work to date although the previous comment is not the reason. I hate giving plot spoilers so I will avoid any description of the narrative. However, I can tell you that this concerns a mother and the lengths she will go to for her child. Real life can be hard and sometimes our best intentioned choices may later come back to haunt us. As always Jane has created complete characters who stand out from the page. They are so accurately observed and portrayed that empathy is not a problem. No tears at the end this time, but I will admit to damp eyes. If you haven't read any books by this author then you really should. I think this is her best work to date and recommend you start on this one
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A brave and insightful story of a mother and a daughter struggling to get by in adverse conditions. Davis takes us from the viewpoint of the six-year old Belinda to that of her young mother Alison, little by little revealing the backstory that led to their harsh situation. Beautifully written and paced, yet covering heavier themes than the easy-flowing prose would suggest. Will read more from this author.
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A brilliant and cleverly-written story about the relationship between a single mother and her daughter. When Alison discovered she was pregnant, she gave up the chance of being a prima ballerina and took up prostitution to give her daughter, Belinda a chance of a decent life.
After a chance encounter with a seemingly perfect family, Alison is offered the opportunity of making more money. The family welcomes Alison with open arms, and she gets a taste of the life she so desperately wants for Belinda, but can this wealthy couple be trusted?
I loved the well-rounded, flawed characters: child narrator, Belinda and her skewed six-year old view of life, and her mother, Alison, even when she did things that made me cringe.
As I approached the end, I was enjoying the story so much I couldn’t decide what I wanted most: to quickly find out what happened to the characters or for the book not to finish at all. In the end, the author left me with hope––hope for a decent future in such a chaotic life that any of us could fall into, given the right circumstances.
And when I turned the last page, I was left thinking: what would I have done in this situation?
Highly recommended to readers of thought-provoking literary fiction.
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I was privileged enough to be a Beta Reader for the latest book by Jane Davis - An Unchoreographed Life which is just being published on Amazon. This was a another great read by Jane. I am a huge fan of her writing and would put her books in my top 10 authors, possibly top 5.
Her books are all extrememely readable - getting you really involved with each character. An Unchoreographed Life is no exception to this and definitely doesn't disappoint here.
It is the story of a relationship between a single mother and her daughter, for whom she gave up everything (the chance of being a prima ballerina and endured the alienation of own family) when she found out she was pregnant.
She takes up an 'unconventional profession' to make money to support herself and her child.
Following a chance meeting, her life changes significantly and gets the opportunity to make more money. At first the family whom she met by chance seem the 'perfect' family and she, along with her daughter, is made very welcome by them. They go out of their way to help her out in her times of need but could this all be an illusion? Again you are left thinking 'what would I have done in this situation?' I find Jane's books very thought provoking.
I do not want to say any more as I do not want to give the story away. All I can do is very highly recommend it.
I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
If you have not yet read 'These Fragile Things' - this is one of my all time favourites and is also by Jane, so buy a copy of this too - it is one of the most thought provoking books I have read.
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At first I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book. The premise was unusual and I wasn't sure that I would enjoy the story. But very soon, as I started reading it, I was hooked. And the very fact that the subject matter was different and a little bit quirky made it hugely enjoyable for me.

The story is told from the point of view of its two main characters, Alison, the single mother who is also a former prima ballerina, and her daughter Belinda. Both characters felt very real to me. Belinda is only six years old at the start of the story and yet, as the story begins, told from her point of view, the author deftly and realistically describes life from the point of view of a six year old and how confusing it is for her. It made me see things clearly as a six year old might, which I thought was brilliantly done.

Alison, meanwhile, is also sensitively portrayed. As someone whose dreams have been thwarted and who feels remote from society around her, she's turned to prostitution as a means to support her child - yet I thought that the author did a brilliant job of staying neutral on the whole issue, without preaching about it either way. We're just presented with Alison as simply a person who is struggling to cope and as the novel progresses, she becomes more and more sympathetic.

As the story progresses, it sucks you in deeper and deeper into Alison and Belinda's world and I found myself wanting more and more to know what would happen to them. I wasn't sure at all how it would turn out. I don't want to say too much more without giving the plot away, but I will say that this is a brilliant novel with some wonderful characters, unusual in its subject matter, yet a richly rewarding read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a novel full of multifaceted characters and a plot with plenty of twists and turns. Don't let this book pass you by - read it!
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