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Museum curator Caroline thinks history is safely in the past, until a century-old family secret collides with problems at work and upsets her plans for a quiet life in Birmingham. Why has nobody mentioned Great Aunt Susannah before? What does Caroline's old flame want from her? And are any of the paintings really what they appear to be? As she battles professional ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published December 21st 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 19th 2013)
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Nom
Feb 03, 2014 Nom rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It had the real feel of Birmingham and took me back to time spent in the museum and walking by the canals there. It was an interesting and unusual story line and was well paced, catching my attention immediately and making me curious about the various strands of the plot. I finished it very quickly and will probably read it again as I was fighting to stay awake last night to get to the end!

The characters were interesting and I got very involved with them. It also made
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Heide Goody
Jan 11, 2014 Heide Goody rated it it was amazing
Caroline's story hooks you initially with twenty-first century problems that lots of people will recognise. Office politics, difficult family members and an old flame who appears unexpectedly.
What takes the story to another level is the journey that Caroline makes into her family's past. She finds personalities and issues that are all too familiar. Can she learn from her forebears, or have they left her with an impossible tangle of problems?
The snippets of suffragette history are rivetting, espe
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Jude
May 31, 2015 Jude rated it really liked it
Deeds not Words follows the story of museum curator Caroline, who has returned to her hometown following the breakdown of her marriage. Now, middle aged and alone, Caroline is stagnating, and feels herself become more and more unfased by her work and social life. As the fledgling member of a competitive office Caroline struggles to make her voice heard, and outside of work she bears the brunt of being the only one of her parents’ children living close to home. So when Caroline accidentally ...more
Tracy Traynor
Oct 27, 2016 Tracy Traynor rated it it was amazing
This is an engaging walk through the streets of Birmingham and a lovely glimpse into a part of its history.
I found this easy to read and follow. I hate to use lovely again, however, it is a lovely family story.
I will definitely buy another of Katharine's books.
Sorcha
Jan 04, 2015 Sorcha added it
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VMuseum curator Caroline thinks history is safely in the past, until a century-old family secret collides with problems at work and upsets her plans for a quiet life in Birmingham. Why has nobody mentioned Great Aunt Susannah before? What does Caroline's old flame want from her? And are any of the paintings really what they appear to be? As she battles professional rivalries, attempts to contain family dramas, and searches for historical treasure amongst the clutter, Caroline is forced to decide ...more
Jackie Molloy
Sep 10, 2014 Jackie Molloy rated it it was amazing
It’s all about Caroline who has recently returned to Birmingham and her family roots after her divorce. Her mum and dad, Alice and Ray, live in Harborne whilst her brother Peter is in London. Her Nan is ill and ends up in hospital and this is the catalyst for the plot. Caroline’s Nan, Beth, is the salt of the earth who cares deeply for the family and the community. Her home was bequeathed to her by her mother and she lived in the same home all her life. Whilst in hospital Beth asks Caroline to ...more
Simon Fairbanks
Sep 11, 2014 Simon Fairbanks rated it it was amazing
Deeds Not Words is the second novel by Birmingham author Katharine D'Souza.

It tells the story of Caroline, a museum curator in Birmingham, who is recently divorced and unsatisfied with her life. The novel immediately picks up pace by presenting Caroline with three dramatic turn of events: 1) an anonymous figure arrives at the museum with a mysterious object, 2) Caroline's one-time fling Olly arrives in the city, and 3) Caroline's grandma falls sick and vows to reunite her broken family by changi
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Ellie Stevenson
Jul 21, 2015 Ellie Stevenson rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
Heart-warming, readable and authentic

Caroline works as a museum curator. She likes her job but it’s not perfect. Then an old flame reappears and her Gran gets ill, and through this, she learns about her family history - its secrets and conflict.

Deeds not Words is a heart-warming tale of a woman finding her true self through challenge and history. The characters are drawn with real feeling and you want to know how it’s going to turn out. Will Caroline forge a bond with the past and through this f
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A.A. Abbott
Apr 24, 2015 A.A. Abbott rated it it was amazing
GENTLE, SUSPENSEFUL, AND VERY ENGLISH

A gentle, suspenseful and very English story that presents museum curator Caroline with a historical mystery in her own backyard. The interactions between Caroline, her unreliable old flame and her somewhat spiky mother are beautifully drawn. The final paragraph is a gem - it draws all the threads together nicely.
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I've lived all my adult life in the south Birmingham suburbs although I grew up in a larger city further south. Given how long I've been here, it's perhaps unsurprising that my stories are set in Birmingham, but I hope the themes are universal. I write contemporary novels and the occasional short story, am a member of the PowWow Writers' Group and help organise the annual PowWow Litfest. In ...more
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