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Pleasant Vices

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The residents of the Close were much concerned with crime - preventing it, that is. With all those out-of-work teenagers on the nearby council estate hanging around, stealing, joy-riding and goodness knows what else, it was just as well that Paul Mathieson was setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Not that the inhabitants of the Close did not have their own little activi...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 6th 1995 by Black Swan
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Andy Ellis
Not the sort of thing I normally read but was entertained from cover to cover.

Set in an upper middle class cul-de-sac.

Errant teenagers (are there any other sort?), a housewife's accidental venture into prostitution, snobby homeowners and a neighbourhood watch scheme combine to create confusion and community adventure.

If the book tried to be a comedy it would fail.

Instead it's a social drama which often manages to be funny.

One statistic: manages more mentions of the word 'knickers' than any othe...more
Sarah Goodwin
I really liked Astley's 'Melanie Unchained' which is funny, sweet, and very entertaining. A shame then, that this novel lets itself down so quickly.

The plot is slippery and nonsensical, with no resolution at the end, and there isn't a single likeable character in it. I finished the book, but it was an effort on my part.

I recommend any other Astley book over this one.
Perhaps this is supposed to be humorous, but it didn't strike me as remotely funny. The book revolves around a strange family with a druggie son and over-sexed ten-year-old daughter. The parents are even worse... I found the plot unbelievable and disgusting, and gave up after about five chapters.
I was not expecting much from it but it was surprisingly witty and insightful. Almost a parody of the pretensions of many middle-class neighborhoods and the values they hold dear. Made me chuckle more than a few times.
I left this at the gym as a bookcrossing release. Alas, no one ever registered it as caught.
Karen Wickham
This was mildly entertaining but not something which makes me want to go out and read any more of her books.
Interesting tale about a middle aged housewife living in Suburbia and the characters who live on her close.
I read in 1995
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Judy Astley started writing in 1990 following several years of working as a dressmaker, illustrator, painter and parent. Her sixteen novels, the most recent of which are Laying The Ghost and Other People¹s Husbands, are all published by Transworld/Black Swan. Judy¹s specialist areas, based on many years of hectic personal experience, are domestic disharmony and family chaos with a good mix of love...more
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