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Swimming Pool Sunday

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,739 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
One shimmeringly hot Sunday in May, the Delaneys open their pool to the whole village for charity. Louise is there with her daughters, and while the children splash and shriek in the cool blue waters, she basks in the sunshine, attempting to ignore her estranged husband and dreaming of the new man in her life, a charismatic lawyer. The day seems perfect.

Then a sudden and
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 3rd 1997 by Corgi (first published 1997)
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Anna
Nov 29, 2015 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britmania
It's not a perfectly constructed story, but is was a surprisingly good read. It's a pre-Shopaholic novel written under her real name, and when I saw it on my e-book library site, I knew I had to read it.

MW beautifully captures the undercurrent of this small village near London. It's the story of two families who are both touched by tragedy. The Delaneys, Ursula and Hugh, have lost their younger son and are still grieving his death. His widow Meredith is living with them and has truly become thei
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Rea Sinfield
May 31, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it did not like it
I am a huge fan of all books by Sophie Kinsella. I have read every one of her books on more than one occasion. I was getting a little tired and impatient of waiting for her to release another book so I decided to visit her website to see if there was any information as to when she is due to release another book and what I found out to my surprise is that she writes under two names Sophie Kinsella and her real name Madeleine Wickham. I have now slowly started making my way through the books by Ma ...more
Love Fool
Nov 18, 2014 Love Fool rated it liked it
If Goodreads would let me I would give this a 3.5 rating.

One shimmeringly hot Sunday in May, the Delaneys open their pool to the whole village for charity. Louise is there with her daughters, and while the children splash and shriek in the cool blue waters, she basks in the sunshine, attempting to ignore her estranged husband and dreaming of the new man in her life, a charismatic lawyer. The day seems perfect.

Then a sudden and shocking accident changes everyone's lives forever.

I had my doubts
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Natalee
Mar 04, 2015 Natalee rated it really liked it
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Brittany Lentz
Sep 15, 2010 Brittany Lentz rated it liked it
Interesting book...I didn't expect the story line from the summary for some reason. But it was definitely different. The only complaint I would have, is that the writer would glaze over the most anticipated parts. Like she would build up to this moment, and then end the chapter. Then we wouldn't get to be there in the story when it actually happened. We'd hear a bit about it retrospectively or a rumor about it from someone else. Still love this writer though! Her writing keeps me captivated and ...more
Karen
Jun 11, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Would give this book 3 and half stars if I could. 3 doesn't seem enough but 4 too many.
This is a story about the effects an accident can have on a family and friends. The story was good but just found that at times some of the characters annoyed me. But having said that it is the sign of a good book when it makes you feel any kind of emotion.
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Jun 23, 2013 -A rated it it was ok
I'm conflicted about this book - on one hand I loved it but on the other hand I hated and was irritated by it.

I found myself hating so many of the main characters for being stupid and naive but this is how it happens in life sometimes.
Louise irritated me, Ursula irritated me....

The only character I loved and wanted to know all about was Meredith. She seemed as the only sane and real person.

I love all the other Madeleine Wickham's book as Sophie Kinsella but i wouldn't recommend this one to anyon
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Heather Porter
Apr 15, 2015 Heather Porter rated it did not like it
Love Sophie Kinsella, hated this book. There was a whole sub-plot that had nothing to do with the book. Some major events were completely glossed over, and I really had no sympathy for the main characters.
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 01/05/1997
Author: Madeleine Wickham
Recommended for: fans of chick lit

I really enjoy the series of books by Madeleine Wickham (Sophie Kinsella), these are the kind of books that you can easy get caught up in and loose trck of time. This book features the Delaney's (Hugh and Ursula) and the Kembler's ( Louise, Katie and Amelia) they are really wonderful characters who you will find very likeable and easy to get along with. This is a story full of fear, betrayal and greed. A really reall
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Siobhan Johnson
Jul 09, 2015 Siobhan Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book totally different to the ones she writes as Sophie Kinsella. Imagine living in a village and the only family to have a pool open it every year for charity. This year is no exception and the Delaney's who are now a 'broken home' go to the pool and the weather is realy hot. Louise (the mother) is basking in the sun trying to ignore her estranged hubby and the two girls Katie and Amanda are playing in the pool. Its a sunny day and everyone is enjoying themselves and then disaster struck. ...more
Angela Carrigan
I wanted to love this book

I really wanted to love this book.

In short, this book was predictable from the time of the accident. No plot twists. No mystery, just *yawn*, they will do x next.

A swimming day that turns tragic, turning friends and neighbors against each other. A greedy lawyer, a lawsuit, a selfish dad who wants his own way. Two slightly spoiled girls.

An insurance policy that won't pay. A lawsuit that will wreck a family. Stress related illness.

Yawn again. This book was 2.99 becaus
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Els
Jun 05, 2015 Els rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madeleine Wickham en Sophie Kinsella, één persoon en toch een heel andere stijl. Als Sophie schrijft ze luchtige, grappige romans en als ze weer in de huid van Madeleine kruipt, dan komen er serieuzere onderwerpen naar boven.Heb ik een voorkeur? Ja, toch wel. Ik kies dan voor Sophie alhoewel ik ze ook niet allemaal even goed vind :)
Stel je deze situatie even voor : een zomerse dag, een familie dat hun privé zwembad en tuin openstelt voor hun dorpsgenoten in ruil voor een kleine bijdrage die naar
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Sophia
Jul 08, 2014 Sophia rated it liked it
This book was a lot different from Sophie Kinsella's usual books, I really liked that. I went back and forth from disliking Louise to Barnaby to Cassian. I liked the way she developed the characters. Barnaby was the most relatable character and despite my occasional dislike for him, I felt so bad for him. Barnaby's situation in the book was difficult. Louise was quite the intriguing character to follow as well. I kept constantly contemplating whether she really was a good mother. She wasn't very ...more
Pari
Sep 26, 2015 Pari rated it liked it
It was... Meh. I love Sophie, I love her writing as Madeleine, but this book ranks second last, among the four books of hers that I've read. Better than Sleeping Arrangements.
I love Barnaby, Alexis, Meredith. Hated Cassian. Loved his name but hated him.
Manuela Menna
Aug 06, 2014 Manuela Menna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bel libro che ritrae la vita di oggi con spietata oggettività. Anche questa volta sono rimasta colpita dal fatto che la storia raccontata non ha come protagonisti dei ragazzi ma una coppia di mezza età, una coppia normale con i problemi coniugali, con la crisi del loro matrimonio e soprattutto alle prese con l'incidente alla loro bambina. Un altro dei protagonisti poi è un avvocato sempre di mezza età che si invaghisce di una ragazzina. Il tutto contornato da un paese pettegolo e ficcanaso fa ...more
CeciliaChristine
Avendo letto che era un libro della Kinsella, mi aspettavo qualcosa di completamente diverso o comico.
Invece è un libro anche abbastanza profondo, sulle famiglie che si sfasciano, gli amori che finiscono, le delusioni e il valore che ciascuno da alle amicizie, il tutto condito di chiacchiere di paese. Forse avrebbe potuto sviluppare di più il carattere dei personaggi e ciò che pensano, certi passaggi sembrano infatti troppo bruschi. Ma forse sono solo adulti- bambinoni, un po' viziati e alla ric
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Leggere A Colori
È un romanzo di Madeleine Wickham, il vero nome di Sophie Kinsella, scritto parecchi anni prima di diventare celebre per la serie “I love shopping”.
Chi si è appassionato alla famosa serie troverà un romanzo con uno stile molto diverso, anche perché l’ironia tipica di Sophie Kinsella non poteva certamente caratterizzare un romanzo come questo, considerata la sua drammaticità.

Continua a leggere su http://www.leggereacolori.com/letti-e...
Bree T
Louise and her husband Barnaby are in the midst of a messy separation. On a weekend when Barnaby was due to have their two daughters, Amelia and Katie, he wants to take them fishing. However it’s the one day a year that the Delaneys, Hugh and Ursula, open their pool to the entire small village, charging a coin donation that goes to charity. The ‘fair’ is famous and both of the girls are desperate to go. Barnaby, impatient, declares that he’s going fishing and Amelia chooses to remain behind with ...more
Rebecca
Jul 22, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Cricky, another Wickham! But this is the last of the bunch, for the moment. I think I have read them all now, except for the current one, which is on my reserve list and who knows when I'll get it. Hopefully not for a while. This book was so British, it made me want to scream at some parts how they could and would never happen in the US. Well, it is a British book, so I should shut up now anyway. ANYWAY. A rich (duh) family in town throws a pool party every summer to raise money for a local char ...more
Cath
Sep 18, 2011 Cath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie Kinsella lovers
On a hot day in May, the Delaney's open their swimming pool for the whole village for charity. Louise goes with her daughters and has a nice day, trying to ignore her ex-husband an thinking of her new lover. But then the unthinkable happens. Katie, Louise’s daughter, tries to make a back-dive from the diving board and got hurt. She’s in a coma…

Her new lover, Cassian, persuades her to sue the Delaney's, because there pool shouldn’t have been save enough. Her ex-husband, Barnaby, doesn’t know if t
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Jackie
Sep 25, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it
Madeleine Wickham : Swimming Pool Sunday (AKA Sophie Kinsella)

While I enjoyed this book, I felt a little cheated when I found it is a re-issued book. It was not obvious to me, but when I was reading about costs of houses and similar, I was a bit taken aback, then looked closely and find it was published in 1997, then re printed this year.

That aside, it was a pleasant book which I did enjoy reading. There were no surprises, as the story was very straight forward; Louise and Barnaby live in a smal
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Gwen
Dec 24, 2013 Gwen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romans
Globalement, l’histoire me laisse une impression de déjà lu. Et ne m’a pas donné envie de découvrir sa série sur l’accro du shopping.
L’atmosphère comme le ton du livre est plutôt dans l’angoisse, la tension, le stress émotionnel…
L’histoire est plausible, cela peut arriver à n’importe qui !
Je suis étonnée que malgré un bon rythme qu’un livre de cette auteure puisse être aussi sans originalité, j’ai eu tout au long de ma lecture le sentiment d’avoir déjà lu une histoire du même genre !
L’auteure
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penelopewanders
Something of a Jodi Picoult like theme with a little less of a Hollywood feel to it. Although pretty much a page-turner, I found it a bit of a dreary read. Not just because of the events described (not wanting to create a spoiler here), but because of the characters, each one more flawed than the next. They are all terribly human, but with no real redeeming features - other than Frances, perhaps, which is a bit of a stereotype really, the good and compassionate Vicar's Wife. I found myself most ...more
Carol Peace
Jan 19, 2013 Carol Peace rated it really liked it
Great book totally different to the ones she writes as Sophie Kinsella.
Imagine living in a village and the only family to have a pool open it every year for charity. This year is no exception and the Delaney's who are now a 'broken home' go to the pool and the weather is realy hot. Louise (the mother) is basking in the sun trying to ignore her estranged hubby and the two girls Katie and Amanda are playing in the pool. Its a sunny day and everyone is enjoying themselves and then disaster struck.
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Laura Head
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Head rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, however there were certain factors that annoyed me a lot. For a start the sub plot of Daisy and Alexis seemed pretty pointless, we forgot about them for huge chunks of the book and then they were suddenly thrown back in again. Also I don't think I have ever seen a book with so many grammatical errors, incorrect words were used and replacing "I" with a 1 numerous times.

The positives for me were the feisty characters, and an overall resolved ending.
Lori W
Nov 22, 2009 Lori W rated it liked it
Another Wickham book about relationships and what happens when things turn sour. I am pleasantly surprised that the same author that writes Shopaholic* writes these. I understand why she created a new pen name! Shopaholic is super frothy (and occasionally incredibly irritating because of its protagonist), and Wickham's books under her own name seem like the more "grown-up" version of her chick lit. Sure, there can be frustrating characters in these books too, but at least their problems are a li ...more
Sandy Batesel
Apr 06, 2014 Sandy Batesel rated it it was amazing
I am such a huge fan of Madeleine Wickham (as well as her Sophie Kinsella books) so I'm probably unable to write an unbiased review. I loved this book! Great character development and perfect examples of the way some people act when they think there may be money at the end of a certain path ... even though that path may just trample everyone in it's way!
Angie
Apr 08, 2015 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: books-on-kindle
If you are looking for a Sophie Kinsella book, don't pick up this. In the beginning, Madeleine Wickham, who is the real Sophie Kinsella, explains why she writes under 2 different names. The reason she gives is that they are 2 very different writing styles. And she couldn't be correct. While I prefer the Kinsella books, this book was good.
Diana H.
Nov 30, 2015 Diana H. rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
I really enjoy Wickham's books, but I don't understand why each book has to have a cheating spouse - that makes no sense to me (it also doesn't advance the story in my opinion).
An excellent story about the TBI (traumatic brain injury) of a child. Her recovery is extraordinary and how the family deals with the situation is amazing.
Stella Davies
Apr 17, 2016 Stella Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first this book seemed like it was going to be the typical he said she said type, at first chapter I was strangely captivated though. As I progressed throughout the first few chapters, I was finding it very easy thanks to the wonderful poetic language used to shape my own scenes and characters how I wanted. I enjoyed the plot as it thickened and I loved the suspense of not knowing what way the chapter would end. I build a fond relationship with Barnaby as he reminded me of my own father. I th ...more
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her ...more
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