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Lifesaving for Beginners

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  292 ratings  ·  56 reviews
An accident on the motorway. One woman dies. One woman lives. Nothing will ever be the same again. Kat Kavanagh works in Dublin as a technical writer. She has no children and is fond of her man-friend, Thomas. She never thinks about what happened when she was fifteen. That's Kat's story. None of it is true. Milo is ten and lives in Brighton. He's pretty busy trying to keep ...more
Published January 1st 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Rea Sinfield
Some of you may have read one of Ciara Geraghty’s books Finding Mr Flood, Saving Grace and Becoming Scarlett but for me Lifesaving For beginners is the first of this authors books which I have read. I usually always read the first chapter of a book that is sent to me to get a taster of the book but reading the first chapter of Lifesaving for Beginners just wasn’t enough I had to leave the current book I was struggling with and just had to carry on reading this book.

Kat Kavanagh has just had a mi
Georgiana 1792
Questo romanzo si apre con un tragico prologo: in Irlanda, un camionista molto stanco provoca un incidente stradale che coinvolge due donne quasi coetanee, ciascuna alla guida della propria vettura. Una delle due donne si trova lì per caso: è irlandese, ma la sua famiglia abita a Brighton. L’altra ha sempre vissuto a Dublino e ha un comportamento a dir poco bizzarro a partire da quel fatale incidente. Un incidente che fa subito pensare a una coincidenza di quelle incredibili, che la vita vera a ...more
Told through the eyes of both a nine year old boy from Brighton and a 39 year old woman from Dublin, this looks at the aftermath of a road accident. The story works well and the characters are convincing. Would suit fans of One Moment One Morning. The story manages to be quite sentimental in places, while never becomming cloying, not as light a read as you might think from the child narrator.
This really sucked me in! I didn't think I was going to like it but ended up reading it more-or-less in one sitting. Ciara Geraghty has a way with words and although the plot was fairly predictable, she knit it together with wit and humour.

I'll look out for more from Geraghty.
2.5, 3; I don't know. mixed feelings for this one. a lil bit confusing at the early part, and I'm not a fan of the changing font. I thought it would be about the guy that caused the accident, but I realised that the accident is just the author's way to tell me that the two victims, of the car crash, somehow related, in a remarkable way.

I felt like I was reading a diary or something, one is a diary of a 39 years old woman, who I don't know why, but everytime I'm reading it, I felt like her mind
Ciara Geraghty’s is an author who never writes the same book twice. You know how some authors have a unique writing style that you just KNOW by reading it? Like Paige Toon or Sophie Kinsella. How all their books all have that unique imprint? Ciara Geraghty just does not have that. Not one of her four novels are similar to the others. Which, it has to be said, is strange. Authors are meant to have writing styles, aren’t they? I’ve never known an author write such wide-ranging and different storie ...more
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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Ciara Geraghty’s books have been on my to-be-read list for quite a long time but I never actually got round to reading them. So when I received a copy of her fourth novel, Lifesaving for Beginners, I couldn’t wait to get started. But even though it sounded like something I would enjoy, I had no idea what to expect. All I can say is: three pages in I was already hooked and I’m not exaggerating when I say I loved this book from start
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My primary school was a tiny place, one so small that it had no play area to speak of. It did, however, look on to a vast park that was–and still is–a favourite landing place for the city’s hot air balloons. If I’m up early enough, I often see them scudding along overhead before sinking into slumber in the park. But as much as I associate that park with the homecoming of balloons, I do remember an event that was quite the opposite.
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It’s the story of parallel lives – forty-in-a-few-months Kat who has just broken up with her partner (Thomas) and almost-ten Milo, whose mum has recently died. One lives in England, one lives in Ireland but a twist of fate brings these two together.

I really liked the dual narration – two distinct voices, both perfectly executed. Kat – well, you know her – she speaks directly to the audience I imagine this book was intended for. And
Karen McMillan
This is a charming novel with memorable characters and a plotline that is both moving and gently humorous. The book opens with a horrific car accident, one that leaves one woman dead while another woman miraculously survives. Living in Dublin, Kat Kavanagh is the survivor, but instead of feeling grateful to be alive this 39-year-old feels as though life is closing in on her. Her boyfriend Thomas wants to marry her – but she wants their relationship to go back to how it was and she feels suffocat ...more
Sophie (Blogger)
Review of Lifesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty

About Lifesaving for Beginners -

Kat Kavanagh is not in love.

She has lots of friends, an ordinary job, and she never ever thinks about her past. This is Kat's story. None of it is true.

Milo McIntyre loves his mam, the peanut-butter-and-banana muffins at the Funky Banana cafe, and the lifesaving class he does after school. He never thinks about his future, until the day it changes forever. This is Milo's story. All of it is true.

And then there i
Lifesaving For Beginners was published by Hodder in September 2012 and is Ciara Geraghty's fourth novel. Why have I not read any of her books before now? Where have I been? Where has she been? Somehow, her novels have totally passed me by and until I saw the cover of Lifesaving For Beginners, I had honestly never heard her name before. Big slaps around the head for me!! On the positive side though, this does mean that I now have her first three novels to catch up on.

The story is just so wonderfu
Sam Still Reading
Feb 24, 2013 Sam Still Reading rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of general fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: read other books by same author, copy given to me by publisher
I read this book in three parts for a readalong organised by the publisher. These are my thoughts.

Part 1 (pages 1-149)
Lifesaving for Beginners is Ciara Geraghty’s fourth book. Her first, Saving Grace, is one of my favourite Irish chick lit books. (You can also read my reviews of Becoming Scarlett and Finding Mr Flood by clicking on the hyperlinks). All her books all deal with serious topics in addition to being a lot of fun. I think that Lifesaving for Beginners is somewhat of a departure from t
This is a beautiful book - it has a fabulous cover and each page has a little
balloon in the top right hand corner, but do not be fooled this is not a chick
lit story - it opens with tragedy, a lorry driver falls asleep at the wheel
of his cab and ploughs into two cars. In the first car the lady dies and in
the second car there is a minor injury.

Following the death of the lady involved - Beth - a secret emerges that has massive
repercussions for both women who were involved in the accident. These peo
I was completely engaged with story from the very first page. In my view Lifesaving for Beginners is one of Ciara Geraghty best novels.
A truck is going too fast with the driver falling asleep at the wheel. The truck hits an animal with the truck then crashing into a woman driving a Mazda.
Zwei Leben. Zwei Wahrheiten. Zwei Entscheidungen.
Kat, 39, ist nicht verliebt. Sie hat eine Menge Freunde, einen gewöhnlichen Job, und sie denkt niemals über ihre Vergangenheit nach. Das ist Kats Geschichte. Nichts davon ist wahr. Milo, 9, liebt seine Mum, Bananenmuffins und seinen Erste-Hilfe-Kurs. Er denkt nie über seine Zukunft nach. Das ist Milos Geschichte. Alles davon ist wahr. Und es gibt noch eine andere Geschichte, eine, bei der die Lebenswege eines Jungen aus Brighton u
Francamente me ne infischio #4

Dunque, in verità non sarebbe nemmeno un libro da Francamente me ne infischio. Non del tutto almeno. Mentre gli altri libri che hanno avuto il piacere di aggiudicarsi una puntata erano dei libri veramente pessimi, sotto diversi punti di vista, questo lo è molto meno. Però è uno di quei romanzi di cui se me ne fossi infischiata sarebbe stato meglio.
La trama è questa qui (sarò breve, prometto): durante un incidente stradale causato da un camionista assonnato vengono
Jenn Webley
This is the first Ciara Geraghty book I have had the pleasure of reading and what a treat it was.
Reading reviews left me wondering if it would grab me, suck me in and make it one of those books I can't put down. I needn't have worried, from the moment I started it I was hooked. Milo as a character is endearing, I want to reach out and hug him tight. Wise head on young shoulders.. As the book quite rightly put it.. He is a tonic. Part of me really wants to dislike Kat, but then a part of feels s
Monique Mulligan
Reading Lifesaving for Beginners as part of a bloggers’ read along didn’t work for me as it has in the past – while I loved the conversation, I just wanted to keep reading at my own pace rather than stop-start mode this time. I had so much else going on at the time, that I found it harder to pick up where I left off because my mind was jammed with so many other things. That said, I was sucked in with the first chapter of this book. It had a great hook worthy of “how to start a novel” writing cla ...more
Tess Majestic
The story itself is kinda predictable, right down to the HEA ending. But the characters were nothing short of amazing. Every single one of them is a fully-fleshed human being, with a soul and personality that seems to leap right off the page and into my living room. I kid you not, I got so sucked into their world that *six hours* passed unnoticed. Ciara Geraghty could do a master class on characterisation. I'll be looking for more of her books!
"Der Tag vor einem Jahr" ist immer noch eines meiner absoluten Lieblingsbücher. Leider konnte kein Nachfolger mithalten. Auch dieses Buch kam für mich nicht an die 5 Sterne heran.
DENNOCH hat es mir gut gefallen. Sehr realistische und sympathische Figuren mit authentischen Lebensumständen. Mir war es etwas zu ereignislos, fast zog sich die Geschichte etwas. Insgesamt aber wieder eine Wohltat für die Seele und ich kann es weiterempfehlen.
Cathy Timmis
It's just a bit tricky getting anything done when I am reading a Ciara G book. I started reading Finding Mr Flood 10 days ago, and now I have just finished Lifesaving, with a bit of Saving Grace in the middle. They all have characters you want to get to know and miss when they are gone. Lovely gentle heart felt books. Becoming Scarlet is in the post, I hope she is busy writing another one!
This really started out with some great potential but it just fell a bit flat at the end. When I first started this book, two seemingly unrelated characters were living their lives in two different countries with the promise that they would change each other's lives. As someone who doesn't really dabble in this chick-lit area, I was unexpectedly hooked and for the first half couldn't predict where the story was going. Even once we find out just how these two are connected I still had pretty high ...more
I read this book in just over a day! I absolutely loved it! Ciara Geraghty's first book "Saving Grace" is one of my favourite books and this is definitely a close second. It made me cry one minute and have me laughing the next. I really enjoyed the way part of the book is told from 9 year old Milo's perspective who's trying to overcome his mother Beth's death in a horrible traffic accident on a trip in Ireland. Kat Kavanagh was also involved in the accident but miraculously survived wit barely s ...more
Ika Madera
Honestly, bought the book for its cover of colourful balloons and a boy (weakness for such covers) but the story is captivating, worth reading again and again and I shall seek her other books. "
I loved this story about Kat and Milo. At the beginning Kat is in a car crash which involves Milo's mum and to start with this seems to be the only connection between them but as the book goes on other links are revealed. Kat is a troubled person and you want to find out more about her and why she behaves as she does. Milo is delightful and you fall in love with him from the start. The chapters alternate between the two of them and it works really well. The other characters in the story are beli ...more
This was my first book by this author, and initially I wasn't sure but it really grabbed me. The story is about Kat, a 39 year writer in Dublin, and Milo, a nine year old boy in Brighton. Kat is involved in a fatal road accident where Milo's mother is killed. They eventually discover they have more in common...
Hannah Brasch
I liked the overall storyline but found it a bit hard to get into and I also found myself skipping parts of some chapters. I'm glad I read the book, but I'm also glad I skipped some of it.
Excellent read. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Loved the characters especially Milo and I would love a friend like Minnie. First book I have read by this author and I will certainly be looking for her others. Highly recommended.
Julie Mcneil
Predictable but enjoyable. Probably too many coincidences to be realistic but very readable.
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Ciara Geraghty is the author of three novels, Saving Grace, Becoming Scarlett and Finding Mr Flood. She lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.
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