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Birmingham Friends

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  136 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Anna Craven has grown up captivated by stories of her mother Kate's childhood and her magical friendship with Olivia. But when Kate dies, she leaves Anna the story of the truth about her life. Anna soon discovers she never really knew her mother.
Paperback, 546 pages
Published May 7th 2010 by MacMillan General Books (first published July 10th 1998)
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Zainab Shah
Jun 14, 2017 Zainab Shah rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war
I liked it quite a lot although I'm a bit mad about a few things not happening. Oh well...
Annette
Sometimes there is nothing worse then growing up with someone in a book, following them through right to their death. I did like how the story went on afterwards with the daughter. I was in tears every time Katie was mentioned again though.
An emotional book, leaving a generation behind and starting another, then another.
Teresa Marie
Dec 18, 2016 Teresa Marie rated it liked it
An absolute roller coaster but what am I to do with a story like that? Being so privy to the lives of a few for so long, only to be left with no punch line. I've not learned much. It just made me feel intrusive. However, I enjoyed and appreciated the historical placement of the narrative throughout its generations of characterisation.
Alan
Feb 17, 2009 Alan rated it liked it
Annie was in my writer's group (we still see her a lot after she moved to Reading) and won a story competition in the early 90s and appeared on TV and what not. She met an agent and got an advance for her first novel, this one, which was astronomical to us. She writes historical fiction set in Birmingham, and I quite enjoyed this, she writes very well, but it's not really my bag. Annie has gone on to write many novels since, mainly all historical and set in Birmingham but I haven't read any more ...more
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Shelves: audible
Such a long book and yet it left so much out. So many things I still don't understand. I read somewhere that this was the author's first book, and I think maybe it shows.
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great read recommend it in fact the whole series is lovely
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Annie Murray was a ‘childhood writer.’ Her career was helped a great deal by belonging to Tindal Street Fiction Group in Birmingham and by winning the SHE/Granada TV Short Story Competition in 1991. She has published short stories in a number of anthologies as well as SHE magazine. Her first regional saga, Birmingham Rose appeared in 1995 and reached the Times bestseller list. She has since publis ...more
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