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This Holey Life

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  102 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
. . . that was the point at which I should’ve put my foot down. Stamped it hard. Stopped the past repeating itself. But what did I do? I did what Mum used to do in times of crisis. I left the room and went to put the kettle on.

Vicky is a reluctant curate’s wife, struggling to come to terms with her own bereavement and her husband’s newfound faith. Then, one Boxing Day, a
Paperback, 322 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Legend Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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A family life - overcrowded, imperfect, chaotic with a few ordinary skeletons in the closet such as illegitimate children roaming the world out there somewhere, husbands being accused of unfaithfulness and a few colorful peripheral characters messing up the small abode even further.

Vicky is the overworked, frustrated housewife envious of her brother, bearing a sibling's grudge all her life. He is better than her in everything, gets more attention, and is more successful. Instead of being proud o
Paula Sealey
Nov 25, 2014 Paula Sealey rated it it was amazing
Vicky is struggling to cope with the all that life is throwing at her. Her husbands change of career from plumber to curate, her irritating brother who has come to stay following his marriage breakdown (along with his son and a gigantic cello!)and the loss of her baby son and mother, to name just a few. She hides her grief and feelings, dealing instead with the issues that arise one after the other in this thoroughly enjoyable book.

Sophie Duffy manages to write in such a conversational style tha
Lisa (scarlet21)
Oct 06, 2014 Lisa (scarlet21) rated it it was amazing
I felt very ‘at home’ with this book; a story about the complexities of familial relationships is not easy but Sophie Duffy seems to have got it just about right with a combination of amusing insights into family life and the not so amusing stuff that makes you grind your teeth and bite your tongue!
Vicky has a lot of ‘stuff’ to grind her teeth about. Her husband, Steve, despite not being religious previously has ‘seen the light’ and has become a curate, a difficult enough transition for Vicky, w
Aug 06, 2012 Luci rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies, kindle
Vicky's patience is tested to its limits when her big brother and his son come to stay. Martin's wife has kicked him out - why, and how long will Vicky put up with him?

This is a story of family relationships, coming to terms with the past and particularly with loss. Vicky's husband Steve was a plumber before he found God and became a curate, and Vicky also has to put up with parishioners and lots of tea making, while bringing up 3 young daughters. There is a great deal of the minutiae of domesti
Jan 26, 2013 Joanne rated it liked it
I picked up this book when I was in need of some light reading after a tiring weekend and it hit the spot. It is an easy read, it would make a wonderful beach read, and yet, rather like The Generation Game, it dealt with deeper issues regarding place in life, grief and family matters. I like Sophie Duffy's style of writing, it's friendly, accessible, and funny, yet with a slightly dark undertone. I liked the way that she built her characters, and I really liked the 'thought of the day' that appe ...more
Paula Vince
Jul 18, 2014 Paula Vince rated it liked it
The theme of Vicky's whole life has been comparing herself with her older brother, Martin, and feeling that she's fallen short in every way, encompassing career, family, suburb and spouse. She's grown up with the impression that it was always her lot in life to be second best. So she begins to panic the day after Christmas, when Martin and his ten-year-old son, Jeremy, knock on her door, looking for a temporary home. It seems his accomplished, but long-suffering wife has booted him out. Vicky is ...more
A free copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This Holey Life is the story of Vicky, a reluctant curate's wife, whose husband has traded plumbing for priesthood. In addition to the struggles she faces in dealing with her three daughters and change in lifestyle, she also has her house invaded by the brother she never got along with after he is kicked out by his wife and who has brought his teenage son along with him. Throughout this, Vicky has to contend with
Danielle Wrench
May 28, 2015 Danielle Wrench rated it liked it
I found it hard at the end to know what star to rate it as. Half way through the book I would have given it 2 stars, I began to feel I was reading purely because I had started and I don't like leaving a book regardless of whether I am enjoying it or not. But there must have been something about this novel that kept me interested, and it did. I did want to know what would happen to the characters in the end and I cared what happened too.
At times it didn't feel a particularly happy/positive read
Aug 08, 2012 Ruth rated it it was ok
Disappointed by this as I'd liked her debut novel. Main character was annoying, and her three year old daughter was so unbelievable it drove me crazy. Had its moments, but not brilliant.
Oct 30, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
This Holey Life is ostensibly about an ordinary British family making their way through the mountains and valleys of life. But it's actually about the holes ... the missing pieces that are carved out of us by disappointments and pain and death of our loved ones. And it's about the love that fills those holes, the love that comes in the form of a loyal husband, a baby's chubby fingers, a child's craft all sticky with too much glue, and a hug or a smile from a teenager.

Even though this novel isn'
Sandy Hall
Oct 16, 2013 Sandy Hall rated it really liked it
I received this as an early read from net galley and wasn't quite sure if I'd enjoy it or not, my usual favorites are mystery, thrillers, courtroom drama etc. But, this was a lovely book! A light, but not silly, read, well written with characters that felt very real. I could relate to the main character's need to clean as a means of controlling the chaos, I completely do the same thing during times of stress! lol The story dealt with some very real and hard subjects like the death of a child and ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, bookclub-books
felt rather glum and grumpy reading the book. It seemed very long, Sophie is too good at the tedium of daily life. Although I think the main problem was that the characters always remained just characters in a book to me, and there were too many plot devices. On the positive I had about half an hour of euphoria having finished it and I can now put my hand up in bookclub and say I read it. Some of my friends liked it and one of them pointed out that I would find her real life even less believable ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Sophie Duffy is a good friend of a friend of mine. That's how I found her. That's why I read her first book. But I read this one (and will read her other books) because I love her writing. She's funny, so hides the subtle insight and clever irony that is there. The pain that pervades this book also appeared slowly, and was dealt with beautifully. I could see one or two things coming in this story, but not all, and I like that. If anything, I feel it wrapped up a little too quickly at the end.
May 04, 2015 Jane rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
I found this so awful I couldn't finish it.
Aug 21, 2012 DianaAitch rated it really liked it
I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this but I did.

It's a domestic/family drama that is easy to read.
Oct 16, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Heart warming, Great Development and kept me reading! A real page turner!
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Sophie is the winner of the 2010 Luke Bitmead Bursary and the Yeovil Literary Prize. She currently lives in Teignmouth, Devon with her husband and three children. Sophie's debut novel The Generation Game is published July 2011. The novel is inspired by Sophie's childhood growing up in a sweet shop in Torquay. Sophie's second novel This Holey Life is published in August 2012.
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