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Lifesaving for Beginners

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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
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Hooder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2012)
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Rea Sinfield
Oct 08, 2012 Rea Sinfield rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 31, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, chick
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.
Dec 29, 2012 Eleanor rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 08, 2015 Ainur rated it liked it
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
Oct 27, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
See my full review here: http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wor...

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
Mar 23, 2013 Karen McMillan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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)
Mar 30, 2013 Sophie (Blogger) rated it it was amazing
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
Sam Still Reading
Feb 24, 2013 Sam Still Reading rated it liked it
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
Nov 11, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
May 08, 2015 Eileen rated it really liked it
This was an engaging, emotional story – a perfect balm to follow a couple of psychological thrillers! Ciara Geraghty's Irish heritage is evident in her style, which is lilting, warm and well laced with subtle humor. I liked it a lot, and I was moved to see Maeve Binchy mentioned in the author’s acknowledgements at the end. ‘Finally, to Maeve Binchy, who died this week. I will never hear your stories, on the page or the radio……….. I will miss that. I will miss you. You inspired me. You told me th ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Manja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2015 Furrawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Ciara Geraghty. I didn't find the different voices confusing. Once, the trip from England to Ireland began, I was irretrievably hooked. Yes, I deliberately obfuscated the details there. I don't want to spoil the book for you.

I'm an American (born and raised) and adore books by Irish authors. Thank goodness for bookdepository online bookstore w free shipping:) The culture. The tone of voice. This book is the kind of book that leaves you filled with joy when you finish it
Steph Dinning
May 07, 2016 Steph Dinning rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down from the moment I started it and it's not like there was loads happening or anything too exciting because there wasn't.
It's just a really good story with likeable characters.
I liked Milo,the 9 year old boy and pretty much his whole family,his brothers and his sister Faith.
I didn't really like Kat too much from the beginning,she was so hard faded n hateful but by the end if warmed to her somewhat.

The only thing I had against it was the total coincidence of the car
Jenn Webley
May 19, 2014 Jenn Webley rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2013 Monique Mulligan rated it liked it
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
Sep 11, 2014 Tess Majestic rated it it was amazing
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!
Cathy Timmis
Aug 13, 2014 Cathy Timmis rated it really liked it
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!
Feb 06, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it
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
Apr 12, 2015 Mireya rated it liked it
Life is made of a series of moments, of events. Some of these are shared with people we don't know but with whom we share more than we can imagine. This is the story of Kat's and Milo's lives. Kat is a bestseller writer, although no one knows that. Milo is a 9 year old boy from Brighton who loves hid lifesaving classes. As the story unfolds, the reader gets to know both Kat's and Milo's family and friends and how they have more in common than they would have ever guessed.
Kim Mcbreezy
I loved this book from start to finish and it really touched my heart. I liked the way it was written from the different characters viewpoints. Although it is a fairly heavy topic, it was really easy to read. I didn't want it to end.
Apr 26, 2013 Fiona rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 03, 2014 Ika Madera rated it it was amazing
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. "
Lesley Moseley
Jan 22, 2016 Lesley Moseley rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book set in Dublin and Brighton.. Very contemporary ; told in alternating chapters by a recluse writer nearly 40, and a young boy of 12, with such a great insight into the losses of people and innocence.
Oct 28, 2015 Ryo rated it did not like it
I couldn't wait for it to be over. Kat's stubbornness and ungratefulness was very annoying. All the Kat's chapters sounded like a spoiled teenage kid, until the last few pages, which were quite confusing because she, all of a sudden, started behaving like an adult, like someone completely different and too happy. And in the end she gets everything back, plus the daughter and her most gentile brother. She doesn't deserve all the goodness. What about Milo? He lost his mother because she was in the ...more
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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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