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It is 1962. The first avocado pears are appearing at the greengrocer's, people are thinking about carpeting their lavatories and boxing in their banisters, and Ronnie Glover, housepainter, husband and father, is feeling the first vague stirrings of discontent with his life. Then, out of the blue, the fabulous, sophisticated (and married) Jacqueline bursts into his life and ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Transworld Publishers
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Frances
Feb 16, 2015 Frances rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Laurie Graham must be roughly my own age and her descriptions of aspiring, working class England in the 1960s was very accurate. I remember when not everyone had a telephone and even fewer people had a car and everyone was still watching the pennies. She captures exactly the feeling of better things ahead - but not quite yet.
There's a lot of contrast between the different characters' outlooks - some optimistic, yearning for something better, and others dull and stuck-in-a-rut. And some
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Edel
Dec 29, 2010 Edel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a funny book.I would suddenly burst out laughing where ever I happened to be reading the book much to the amusement of others.. It is quite explicit in parts and some of the discriptions are stomach achingly funny.. I loved the character of Ronnie.. there was something so real and volunerable about him that you wanted madame and him to have a great love affair even though he was married ..I think it gave him some excitement in his life that he clearly did not have before he met Mad ...more
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Aug 09, 2012 Polly rated it really liked it
The edition of this which I read had a pink cover which made it look like some chic-lit drivel, so I'm not sure why I picked it up. But I'm glad I did. What we actually have here is a nicely-observed bit of male middle-aged angst set in the 1960s, with good surrounding period detail, humour and pathos and some genuine emotion. I've never read anything else by the author, so I'm not sure if this is representative of her other works, but I'd give them a try based on this!
Diane
Nov 27, 2013 Diane rated it liked it
Great first read of the year. 3.5 stars if it was possible. Unusual style, took some getting used to but lovely, and poignant. If you grew up in the 60/70's in England you'll find it all the more entertaining. Love Laurie Graham.
Sue Corbett
Jan 15, 2016 Sue Corbett rated it really liked it
Not my favourite of hers but she got the atmosphere just right and love her humour
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Aug 12, 2011 Verity W rated it liked it
Not as good as others of hers I've read- I think this is one of her earliest - her writing's definately developed since.
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Jul 20, 2013 Pauline Midwinter rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book - its style is very fluid and easy. The characters are quite loveable and the plot very realistic. It's a slice of life from another time.
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Laurie Graham was first published at the advanced age of 40. She is the author of THE TEN O'CLOCK HORSES, PERFECT MERINGUES, THE DRESS CIRCLE, DOG DAYS GLENN MILLER NIGHTS, THE FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA, THE UNFORTUNATES, MR STARLIGHT, GONE WITH THE WINDSORS, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING KENNEDY, LIFE ACCORDING TO LUBKA, AT SEA, A HUMBLE COMPANION, THE LIAR'S DAUGHTER and THE GRAND DUCHESS OF NOWHER ...more
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