Small Pleasures (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
368
Utgivningsdatum
2021-04-29
Förlag
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensioner
196 x 128 x 24 mm
Vikt
265 g
ISBN
9781474613903
Small Pleasures (häftad)

Small Pleasures

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

Häftad Engelska, 2021-04-29
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LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021 'A WORD-OF-MOUTH HIT' Evening Standard 'A very fine book... It's witty and sharp and reads like something by Barbara Pym or Anita Brookner, without ever feeling like a pastiche' David Nicholls 'Perfect' India Knight 'Beautiful' Jessie Burton 'Wonderful' Richard Osman 'Miraculous' Tracy Chevalier 'A wonderful novel. I loved it' Nina Stibbe 'Effortless to read, but every sentence lingers in the mind' Lissa Evans 'This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I honestly don't want you to be without it' Lucy Mangan 'Gorgeous... If you're looking for something escapist and bittersweet, I could not recommend more' Pandora Sykes 'Remarkable... Small Pleasures is no small pleasure' The Times 'An irresistible novel - wry, perceptive and quietly devastating' Mail on Sunday 'Chambers' eye for undemonstrative details achieves a Larkin-esque lucidity' Guardian 'An almost flawlessly written tale of genuine, grown-up romantic anguish' The Sunday Times 1957, the suburbs of South East London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on a local paper, trapped in a life of duty and disappointment from which there is no likelihood of escape. When a young 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. As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean is suddenly given an unexpected chance at friendship, love and - possibly - happiness. But there will, inevitably, be a price to pay. Book of the Year for: The Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily Express, Metro, Spectator, Red Magazine and Good Housekeeping
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A very fine book... It's witty and sharp and reads like something by Barbara Pym or Anita Brookner, without ever feeling like a pastiche. * David Nicholls, author of ONE DAY * Perfect. * India Knight * Small lives, love and loneliness, wit and despair all wrapped in an unexpected mystery and placed in a perfectly-realised 50s setting. Effortless to read, but every sentence lingers in the mind. * Lissa Evans, author of OLD BAGGAGE * This is one of the most tender, beautiful books I have ever read. Please, please order it now for July. I honestly don't want you to be without it. It is exquisite. * Lucy Mangan * I've had about five people recommend this to me, which is quite rare... It's a novel about the last throw of the dice, the last chance perhaps of finding a life of happiness when you've had a struggle. The writing is beautiful. This is also the first novel Chambers has written for 10 years, which I find really inspiring. I think there's this discourse in our culture that you've got to have everything done in your first book ... But Chambers has been away for 10 years and she's come back with this absolute humdinger. It's just so nice to read a book by someone who's so confident with their talent. I'm glad she's having this renaissance. * Jessie Burton * Quietly remarkable... Small Pleasures is no small pleasure. -- Andrew Billen * THE TIMES * Small Pleasures is an almost flawlessly written tale of genuine, grown-up romantic anguish. Written in prose that is clipped as closely as suburban hedges, this is a book about seemingly mild people concealing turbulent feelings... one of the great strengths of the book is its tender, atmospheric descriptions of England: wet leaves, misted windows, the "melancholy sense of approaching dusk". Small Pleasures succeeds in creating one of those enclosed fictional worlds that, however desolate, has its own rules, its own flavour and its own charm. -- Johanna Thomas-Corr * THE SUNDAY TIMES * There's compassion and quiet humour to be found in this tale of a putative virgin birth in postwar suburban London... Chambers's eye for drab, undemonstrative details achieves a Larkin-esque lucidity. -- Alfred Hickling * GUARDIAN * An irresistible novel - wry, perceptive and quietly devastating. -- Hephzibah Anderson * MAIL ON SUNDAY * Small Pleasures is no twee romance, but a quietly compelling novel of duty and desire. -- Francesca Carington * THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * Wonderful. * Richard Osman * A wonderful novel. I loved it. * Nina Stibbe * Miraculous. * Tracy Chevalier * A beautiful and moving read set in 1950s suburbia that'll be on bookseller tables across the land this summer -- Francesca Brown * STYLIST * This is a dazzling, exquisitely written story of how happiness and even love can find us when we least expect it. -- Sarra Manning * RED * There are small pleasures aplenty in Clare Chambers' quietly observed, 1950s-set story... Chambers' novel combines a startling storyline with an engagingly nuanced portrait of post-war suburban femininity. -- Claire Allfree * METRO * A stunning novel to steal your heart. * WOMAN & HOME * A wonderfully compassionate imagining of the post-war years, darned with the fine skeins of love. -- Kerry Fowler * SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE * I loved this novel, which simmers with repressed emotions, and the gut punch of an ending really stayed with me. -- Jo Finney * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, Book of the Month * The glorious literary equivalent of pulling the duvet over your head... Both an absorbing mystery and a tender love story - and the ending is devastating. Chambers is a writer who finds the truth in things. If you admire Tessa Hadley or Anne Tyler (and there are shades of Barbara Pym too), then this is one for you. -- Alice O'Keefe * The Bookseller, Book of the Month * It is a glorious piece of storytelling where powerful emotions and awful revelations are treated with a dignity that makes them all the more devastating. -- Eithne Farry * DAILY MIRROR * A gent

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Clare Chamber's first job after reading English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford, was working for Diana Athill at Andre Deutsch. Clare's first novel UNCERTAIN TERMS was published by Diana at Andre Deutsch in 1992 and she is the author of five other novels. SMALL PLEASURES, her first work of fiction in ten years, became a word-of-mouth hit on publication and was selected for BBC 2's 'Between the Covers' book club.