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Swimming Pool Sunday

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  2,010 ratings  ·  137 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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Black Swan (first published 1997)
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Rea Sinfield
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
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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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.
Heather Porter
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.
Brittany Lentz
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
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
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
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
Manuela Menna
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
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.

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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
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
Sep 18, 2011 Cath rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 !
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
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.
Lori W
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
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!
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.
Pat Elliott
I bought a boxset of Sophie writing as Madeleine in WHSmith, on a friend's recommendation. She wasn't a fan of Shopaholics, nor am I. She loved these, and after reading the first in the set, so do I!
The book kept my attention all through, from the estranged couple to the disaster on the charity day - and the consequent lawsuit that was building.
The resolution was great - and am hoping that in one of the others, I will meet young Daisy again.
Leanne Hunt
This was a quick read with an interesting plot. It exhibited the frailty of human nature - howe easily one person can be persuaded by another and how decisions based on questionable motives can nevertheless become entrenched and defended by a whole sector of a community. I enjoyed the character portrayal and the framing of the story within one otherwise perfect summer. On the down side, I felt that the child's perspective which launches the story could have been brought in more often, particular ...more
This was just so-so. The story itself was decent enough - what would yo do if a tragic accident happened - regardless of which side you were on (Louise and Barnaby or Ursula and Hugh)? It moved a little slow for me, and I could have done without the Daisy/Alexis side story altogether. It didn't add anything, and there was no real tie to the main story at all.
erica ✖
Carino, si legge abbastanza in fretta. La storia in realtà non è nulla di che, non c'è uno sviluppo dei personaggi, niente di questo. Una lettura leggera. Il finale un pochino scontato, ma d'altra parte ci sarei rimasta male se non fosse finito in quel modo.
C'è da dire che la Kinsella è sempre la Kinsella.
I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella so I thought I would like this book--wrong. The characters were flat out annoying and hard to feel empathy for. Based on other readers' reviews I will try another Madeleine W book and hope I find some improvement.
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780552776714

Genre? - Drama / Chic Lit / Mystery

Characters? - Hugh Delaney / Ursula Delaney / Louise Kember / Katie Kember / Amelia Kember

Setting? - England

Series? - N/A

Title? - The accident occurs in a swimming pool on a Sunday.

Character Analysis? - The characters all seemed 2D and it's easy to forget them once you finish reading the novel.

General Comments? - This is probably my least favourite Sophie Kinsella / Madeleine Wickham book because the story just didn't really seem to have a
I felt a little disappointed at the end. I suppose I wanted it to be more descriptive rather than just sad. Some of the characters didn't make sense to me and I think the book 'd have been better if they didn't exist
This book was a huge disappointment. I've read Madeleine Wickham and Sophie Kinsella books and I've enjoyed everything I've read by her until now. The story line didn't really have a point to it and it was rather repetitive. It was truly a struggle to get through this.
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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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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