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Whitewalls Paperback – 3 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 564 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (3 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906558213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906558215
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,253,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You may know Christine Richard from her long association with Edinburgh politics and education - you may not. But it's obvious from this book that her experiences as a mother and stepmother also shaped her, and how important family has been as the backdrop to a distinguished career.

This is a rich, compelling family saga, full of movement, character and interest (and the odd sexy bit, too.) Sweeping across Europe from Scotland to the South of France, there's something in it for anyone who ever wanted to look behind the arras at upper-class British behaviour. Christine knows this life well, and here are some secrets that could be straight out of her own distinguished family cupboard.

You'll enjoy this book whether you're curious, nostalgic or just plain nosy - it's great fun.
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This is a very readable book and Christine Richard has an excellent writing style. I say this as someone who was TV Editor of Radio Times for a number of years and back in the 1960s commissioned many of the UK's leader writers.
The characters are very identifiable by anyone who knows the Scottish social scene and this leads to great enjoyment by the reader.
Some reviewers complain there are literals in the text. There may be, but as a former magazine editor I know only too well, even with the most rigorous editing, something always seems to slip through. This certainly does not distract from Whitewalls being a great first novel from the author. We look forward to more and thoroughly recommend Whitewalls as a good read in the Kindle version.
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What a great read!!!! I tend to read multiple books at the same time, but found that impossible with this book. I NEEDED to read it! I so enjoyed the story - the characters, the places and the way that Ms. Richard carefully showed how good and bad co-exist in people. I can't wait to read the next one!
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A captivating novel by Christine Richard eloquently written and one which draws the reader closer to her subjects. The ability not to be too 'restrictive' in the theme offered up by this book is something that often doesn't come very easy to debutent authors, but Ms Richards does this with some aplomb. The book is hard to lay down and its entire feel and passion simply smoulders off each page. A wonderfully, graceful way to start a writing career.
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We all have our perceptions of the idyllic family circumstances. Things go wrong for our schemes in real life and they go wrong for certain well developed characters in this delightfully detailed story too. In the mix you will find love, guilt, pleasure, envy, greed, fear, but you may shed a girlie tear for the desperation, decency and kindness of the human heart in there too.

This book is written with taste, by an author who has taste and who has tasted the intrigue of Edinburgh, the beauty of Borders life and beyond. Blending in the mutual cultures from perhaps first hand experience Christine Richard has brought a real feel for it into this book. You may find yourself identifying with one or two of the characters so don't you get into any more sticky situations as result of reading what might happen to you.

You folks in the good old USA who love Edinburgh buy this book too-read it, walk it, feel it. Find the places,settings and maybe the people. You will finish up with a nice warm feeling like a summers day, throw in a late thunderstorm to cool down and settle the atmosphere. Go out in the evening after your sundowner enjoy a classy meal, walk and talk with your loved one in the balmy night air, slip between the sheets....... then dream (maybe dread)the next eventful day in the city or the countryside- wherever your imagination takes you.

A sequel please and someone should write the screenplay. BBC your next prime time series for a Sunday evening.!
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A wonderful book simply because I felt I could identify and connect with every character. Although things are happening in various locations the reader always knows where they are and the story just flows like a conversation. It is hard to put down and so enjoyable to read. Richard is a very elegant author! I can only recommend it, especially if you live in, have visited or planning a trip to Scotland.
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I read this warm comforting novel one particularly grim day. Actually everything out of the window was white but I hardly noticed the snow while I became engrossed in the story of Whitewalls and finished it before nightfall.
The characters are clearly defined: it felt as if I'd always known them. One of the delights was that they are not all adults but also children and animals.Of course other writers introduce kids, dogs, horses etc but few manage to present them as such individualised and interesting beings. We care about what happens to all of them.
I enjoyed the details of the characters' lives, clothes, furniture and food that all added to the reader's understanding of who they were and of the plot development.
It was such a relief to read a novel that was more about interesting characters interacting, than about horror, violence and lurid sex scenes....not that the author avoids description of any of these when we need to know!!
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