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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  8 reviews
CLOSE RELATIONS is one of the funniest and truest novels about modern family life you'll ever read. Gordon Hammond, sixty-five, a builder who has built up his own, modestly successful business, has a heart attack. Whilst recovering in hospital he falls in love with April, a young black nurse, and leaves Dorothy, his wife of 45 years to set up home with her. Dorothy is rele ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 30th 2012 by Cornerstone Digital (first published 1997)
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This started off quite well. The style and setting reminded me more of Joanna Trollope than previous books I've read by this author. it was all quite pleasant and interesting enough, and then...well, it descended into crappy chick-lit territory, with some truly cringe-worthy (and imo inappropriate) sex scenes, plus the story line seemed to consist of everyone breaking up.
The ending scenario was totally unrealistic and smacked of the author just trying to tie up every single loose end in the mos
Julia Newton
I enjoyed this modern family saga with three generations and what happens when the grandfather has a heart attack and then starts a new life. His three daughters' lives are turned upside down although his wife copes better. The grandchildren's stories are also told at first hand, and after a great deal of soul-searching and reinvention, there is a happy outcome.
It made me think about what things are really important in life.
A family full of people having problems in love: marriages falling apart, relationships going sour in unexpected ways and generally no-one having a good time of it. But I suppose novels are like newspapaers: good news is no news. It was sad that all the happiness in tthe book was fleeting, but at least one became bothered enough to care. The style is also rather choppy, with lots of changes of point of view. This and the presence of some salacious details that make this a not for the prudish boo ...more
I read this book on a rainy Sunday and it was perfect for the day. Not a taxing book and by the same author as 'Marigold hotel' but I didn't find it as good or enjoyable. It was not a subject for humour . A family with troubles. Hmmmmmm Not great but a good read.
Cath Murphy
Accurate and very funny portrait of a family in meltdown. Pater familias Gordon suffers a heart attack and after recovery decides to leave his wife of forty years, Dorothy, for a nurse. His three grown up daughters, Louise, Prudence and Maddy are all also struggling to sustain relationships and at the same time, Louise's two teenage children Imogen and Jamie are just embarking on their first attempts at love.

Moggach is unsentimental, unsparing and yet affectionate towards her characters, even th
Jayne Charles
Wow what a terrific read. Hits the ground running with a lively run-down of the family at the centre of the plot, racing through their early years like a rollercoaster ride, hurtling towards the start of the story. That's when the perfect lives of the various family members start to unravel in startling ways. From African violets to lesbianism, it's all in here. Highly recommended if you like a good soapy story with plenty happening, rooted in the real world.
This was a bit painful to read. Every emotion and thought was so clearly stated that it didn't leave any work for the reader. Also a lot of coincidences!
Danni Gee
I really really enjoyed this book. A lovely easy read.
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The Closest Relations 1 3 Oct 27, 2012 10:04AM  
Deborah Moggach is a British writer, born Deborah Hough on 28 June 1948. She has written fifteen novels to date, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, and, most recently, These Foolish Things. She has adapted many of her novels as TV dramas and has also written several film scripts, including the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Pride & Prejudice. She has also written two collections of short sto ...more
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