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This is Paradise

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Family: sometimes heaven, sometimes hell, never what it seems.

The Alldens live in a ramshackle house in suburban Bath. Don and Emily have four children: confident Liz, satirical Clive, shy Lotte, and Benjamin, the late arrival. Together they take the usual knocks, go to work, go abroad, go to university, go to pieces. Don and Emily stick it out, their strong marriage teste
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Pan Macmillan (first published February 1st 2012)
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Joodith
Apr 15, 2014 Joodith rated it did not like it
The Alldens, described as an "ordinary family" live in a large, three storey house in a not-too-smart part of Bath. Emily and Don have four children who, unsurprisingly, are all very different. The eldest, Liz, lively and intelligent, and given to casual sex; Lotte the well-behaved goody-goody, Clive who is quite odd and treats his mother appallingly, and lastly Benjamin a late addition, enjoys music and finally realises he is gay. They're a strange lot, all of them, constantly sniping and goadi ...more
David Gee
Mar 28, 2013 David Gee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
Will Eaves's third novel is an everyday story about a family from Bath, the Alldens, Don and Emily and their four children. They're a very ordinary family, except that Clive, the older of their two sons is autistic and his brother Benjamin is gay. Eaves doesn't make a big deal out of Ben's homosexuality (this is not a gay novel) and not a great deal out of Clive's autism, although he is inevitably disruptive in the lives of his siblings. Two thirds of the novel shows these boys and their sisters ...more
Jayne Charles
Aug 20, 2013 Jayne Charles rated it really liked it
What a great read this was, one that will stay with me for a long time after I finished the final page. I’m going to liken the writing to a strong wind, one that picks you up and buffets you around with great gusts of text. It had that bracing, energetic feel. The story of a family of six, visited at key moments through their lives, it was notable for the gaps it left. Looking back, we are shown relatively little of their day to day doings – but the bits we do see are done in detail, intelligent ...more
carelessdestiny
The prose is sparkling and energetic and enjoyable to read. I found the characters pretty boring but then the suburban dysfunctional family is not my favorite genre.
Wendy Greenberg
Mar 01, 2013 Wendy Greenberg rated it did not like it
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