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Small pleasures

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781474613903

Publication Date: 29 Apr 2021

Subject: Adult novels

Suitable for: Secondary (Year 12, Year 13)

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1957, south-east suburbs of London.

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Summary

1957, south-east suburbs of London.
Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and - on the brink of forty - living a limited existence with her truculent mother.

When a young Swiss woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud.

But the more she investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys: Gretchen herself, her husband Howard - with his dry wit and gentle disposition - and her charming daughter Margaret.

But they are the subject of the story Jean is researching for the newspaper, a story that increasingly seems to be causing dark ripples across all their lives. And yet Jean cannot bring herself to discard the chance of finally having a taste of happiness.

But there will be a price to pay - and it will be unbearable.

NOTE: Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist 2021

Awards
  • Longlisted - Women's Prize for Fiction 2021
Category
AF
Subject
Adult novels
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None
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Pub. date
29 Apr 2021
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New in Paperback
ISBN
9781474613903
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Binding
Paperback
Pages
368
Width
129mm
Height
198mm
Weight
350g
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