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Life Drawing For Beginners

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  299 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
From the author of Semi-Sweet comes a delightful new novel about the art of friendship, love, and (still) life. When Audrey Matthews offers an evening class in life drawing, all she's looking for is a little extra pocket money and something to fill her Tuesday nights. So she hires a model and recruits five students - each of whom have their own reason for being there. For ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by 5 Spot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 24, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
Audrey Matthews, 37, teaches an evening class for adults in “life drawing” – i.e., drawing the human body with the help of a live, nude model. Although Carrickbawn in Ireland is a small town, the students enrolled don’t appear to know one another and haven't signed up with the intention of meeting anyone else. But by the last session, much has changed for the members of the group – even for Audrey, who, amusingly, is oblivious to the catalyzing effects of the class.

Discussion: This is such a lov
Oct 24, 2012 Terri rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Good Reads...and I LOVED it! Audrey is such a NICE girl that you love to love! She's got strikes against her but she still gets up each day with a smile. I was wondering how all the characters she met up with each day would ever become woven together .. but it happened, and delightfully. I really enjoyed the book. Thanks!
Book Him Danno
When I finished this book I really wanted to learn to draw. I realize that wasn’t the author’s original intention when she wrote the novel, but it is an interesting result all the same. She presented a fun book of adults coming together over an activity that I felt a longing for the activity itself. That is pretty powerful stuff.

Ms. Meany brings together a large cast of diverse strangers in an almost farcical way over the course of several weeks to give us touching stories of love, confidence, h
Oct 16, 2012 Marti rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My second First Reads win! Lots of characters & a good story. Makes me want to draw.

Upon completion: a sweet ending, left me very hopeful for some of the characters. The author did a good job of tying together many characters. I want to read more of her books.
Emma Jolie
Aug 11, 2014 Emma Jolie rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-story
Comical, truthful, and very entertaining.

Life Drawing For Beginners is the tale of 7 people over the period of a six week evening life drawing class. Strangers, at first, but soon all their lives start to intertwine in a very lively manner. Each of the characters are perfect in their own way and the relationships they create are full of both happiness and sorrow. This book does not hide the ugliness of life or mask the emotions that come with it. (More than once I found myself wanting to pull a
Jul 01, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it
In Life Drawing for Beginners, Roisin Meaney spins a tangled web starting with a motley crew who gathers for a six-week introduction to Life Drawing. The class is led by the lovable, fabulous and nothing if not impulsive, Audrey. While window shopping for the cutest puppy in all of Carrickbawn, Audrey meets the gruff and terse Michael and soon Roisin has added another thread to her web. Roisin writes with a lighthearted style, fun but not campy, that draws you in as you learn more and more about ...more
Gill Brown
Sep 05, 2016 Gill Brown rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book, a book you can get lost in I absolutely loved it. If you enjoy Maeve Binchy you'll love this even more.
Nov 27, 2012 Becca rated it it was ok
Shelves: irish-lit
Thanks to goodreads and the author for my First Reads copy!
Meh. This book was okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. everything about it - the writing, the plot, the characters - was blah. It was like vanilla ice cream.
Won this through First Reads and I'm so glad I did!
Oct 22, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I think that I will really enjoy this book. Can't wait to get it!
Angie Fehl
Apr 06, 2015 Angie Fehl rated it it was ok
I decided to get into this one because the plot reminded me very much of School Of Essential Ingredients and its sequel The Lost Art Of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister, which I loved (imagine my delight to find that the review blurbs at the beginning of Life Drawing For Beginners actually included a review blurb from Bauermeister herself!). Meaney's novel lays out the life situations of several characters who are all brought together in the life drawing (as in, sketching nude models) class of ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Chelsey rated it really liked it
This story is made up of a cast of characters who each come from diverse backgrounds and some are on a quest to find themselves, while others just need to feel a sense of belonging. Audrey Matthews, the lead character of the story, decides to start a class for beginners in life drawing. Yes, life drawing is one of those classes where a nude model stands, sits, or poses in the center of the classroom and everyone sketches what they see. Some of the characters know nothing about drawing and some ...more
Geeky Bookers - Ilaria
Avevo voglia di un romanzo allegro, brioso e frizzante, tanto per entrare nel clima estivo (anche se fuori c’è un clima autunnale!). Dovendo scegliere fra molti titoli mi ha colpito la trama e il colore della copertina (giuro!) e ammetto che anche il titolo m’intrigava, considerando che sembrava combaciare bene con la trama.
L’autrice ci narra una storia, che si sviluppa nell’arco di 4 settimane, nella quale entrano in ballo quasi una trentina di personaggi, fra i quali solo pochi, circa 5 o 6, s
Jun 17, 2015 meghann rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one. I liked how the book was set up. Each section covered a week, and each chapter was a day in that week. The chapters were further divided into sections for each character. Basically, you got a small glimpse into each person's daily life. Once you have all the characters down, this is pretty easy to follow. There are lots of coincidences that wrap up into a cute story. Some of the character's aren't followed to the end, and not everything is resolved. ...more
May 24, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended, fiction
I read the bulk of this book in two days, so it's definitely entrancing. And I've never really felt like more of a sop than while doing so -- it makes no bones about it's continuous attempts to assault you with feelings and such.

It's not perfect, but it's enjoyable. Written in bite-sized portions from seven or eight points of view divided into single days of 6 or so weeks, you wind up reading far more than you expected to far quicker than you thought you would. It's tone and structure reminded m
Oct 20, 2012 Sheila rated it it was amazing
As an artist and single mother, I really enjoyed the change of pace in this genre of book. It is definitely one that I would watch if it were a movie. In fact, it is my opinion that Hollywood keep this book in mind for a movie in the future. The title of the book suits it best than the one before, and I would recommend this book to anyone who reads this type of genre, be an artist or not, a single mother or not. However if you happen to be one or the other or both such as myself, then I still ...more
Kim Justice
Oct 18, 2012 Kim Justice rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: reviewed
My Review:
This book was an easy read. While it has a lot of very interesting characters and a neat story line, there were times that seemed just a tad bit slow. But that is the only thing that I could say was a not for me.

The characters were kinda neat to get to really know. And for that you will need to read yourself to find out what I mean by that.

Author Roisin Meaney is a great writer and I will be checking out more of her books for sure. Her writing style here was interesting and even tho
Jun 06, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Roisin Meaney's "Life Drawing for Beginners" is a perfectly tangled web of seven individuals and the relationships they share in common with residents of a small Irish town. From the beginning, the author manages to intertwine the very different lives of each individual who participates in the drawing class; the colorful instructor, the single mom nude model, the wealthy diva, the handsome foreigner, the antisocial single dad, the preschool teacher, and one other. I enjoyed this story ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book made me want to go draw something, and I think that's an accomplishment in and of itself.

I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book initially due to the fact that a lot of the phrases were unfamiliar to me, due to the author being Irish. Once I got past that, though, the book had a lot to recommend it.

My favorite part of the book was the characters. It was interesting to see how 7 strangers could meet at one class and have their lives start to entwine. I found all the characters
Jan 30, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) Set in a small town in Ireland, Audrey is teaching a life drawing class for the first time. She has some difficulty finding a model to start with, as life drawing requires being completely nude. She finds a single mom, who keeps her participation secret from her family. Audrey ends up with five students from different backgrounds. She also can’t resist the puppy at the local pet store, and despite the gruff owner, she ends up taking the puppy. The owner, Michael, has his own sorrows ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was a light hearted and fun view of a small group of adults that come together for a life drawing class. The points of view of the story changes between the characters every few pages. I enjoyed reading each perspective and how as the individuals get to know one another their opinions change.

Each if the characters is struggling to find something and each is lonely in their own right. There are several themes of single parents and the particular issues they may face.

Each of these dive
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
There are fun stories that come to us, that inspires us and LIFE DRAWINGS FOR BEGINNERS is one the those books. There are elements of love, friendship, art and a sense that things may not always be as they appear wrapped into this novel.

Many diverse characters come together in an evening drawing class that Audrey Matthews decides to run to fill a hole she has in her life. When she sits at the registration table waiting to see if the class will fill she slowly meets several very different people,
Jan 09, 2013 Bungluna rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I enjoy slice-of-life books. When I came across a review of this novel, I thought it'd be right up my alley and in a sense it was. But...

The writing was good and easy to follow, in spite of the fact that the pov changes every few pages and that we're following myriad characters' stories.

I got the sense from this novel that life's a *itch and then you die. Only two of the stories came to some sort of conclusion; the rest were left hanging. The ending is kind of hopeful but meh.

I felt like I was
Sharon Chance
Jan 25, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
Author Roisin Meany creates a lively tale of intertwined lives in this novel.

At first, from the title and plot summary, it might seem that this will be just be a variation on the cooking school novels, in which disparate people come together for a class and then end up in various happy combinations as a result. But, happily, this is not the case with Meany’s tale. Those taking the class already live lives which are quite intertwined, but they just aren’t aware of how closely. As the classes prog
Nancy Evans
Jun 21, 2013 Nancy Evans rated it really liked it
A very interesting read. At first I was put off because it uses many expressions that are Irish with which that I'm not familiar. Once I overcame that, the story was most enjoyable. It's a look at the everyday lives of five or so random people who enroll in a night drawing class in a fairly small community. Told in increments by days of the week and class meetings the interactions of all are revealed. None of the class participants were acquainted with one another at the start but their lives ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as a FR giveaway. This book was a fun, quick read, with enjoyable characters. It's about an art teacher who offers an evening life drawing class, and the students and model that are in her class. It was interesting to see how the people were connected and how your actions can affect others. I thought the characters were well-developed and it was fun to read about them because they were all diverse. My only complaint is that I wish the ending were a bit longer and drawn out, so ...more
Jeanne Gerhard
Feb 23, 2013 Jeanne Gerhard rated it it was amazing
A one-day delightful read

A charming look into the lives of five students in a drawing class in Ireland. It began small – five students, a model and a teacher. Then, like the ripples in a pond, each life expands, touching other lives. Each layer of revelation enriches the story, making it more textured and colorful. Lives overlap and intertwine, with surprises, laugh-out-loud moments, a tear or two, and a satisfying end.
The story is well-paced, with descriptions that bring the characters and t
{Disclaimer: I received this book for free through Goodreads FirstReads.}
I wasn't expecting much from "Life Drawing For Beginners", but though most of the plots are rather cliché, they're endearingly so. As the title suggests, the book centers around the students of an art class, but it expands to cover most of the town of Carrickbawn and all the little connections that often make the world seem small. For the most part, the book combines fluff and human drama into an entertaining mix that, whil
Dec 16, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
Well regardless of the reviews on the jacketcover I found this book extremly difficult to read or to comprehend. The writer writes as if she is an absentminded valley girl who blurts extraneous character background info in the middle of the real story. It is like listening to a hiccup--you are not sure if you are going forward or backward. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It might just be worth reading if the author did not feel the reader had to know every tiny detail of each ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Life Drawing For Beginners was an easy read. The storyline was good and I loved the way the characters all intertwined with each other outside of the class. There were times the book got a little slow but not so much it was discouraging to read. The characters are diverse and you get to know each of them. Of course, there are some characters you will like and others who you will dislike. Roisin Meaney does a great job describing them either way. :-)

I won this book through a Giveaway. It is a goo
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Born on 3rd September.
A published author of eleven books for adults and two for children, Roisin has also written numerous articles for journals and newspapers. She worked as an advertising copywriter for a number of years, and brings a vast amount of experience to the editing team. Her first novel, The Daisy Picker, won a Write a Bestseller competition. Her third novel, The Last Week of May reach
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