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Back Trouble

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
On the brink of forty, newly single with a failed business, Philip thought he'd reached an all-time low when a topple on a London street lays him literally flat. So, bedbound and bored, Philip starts to write the story of his life. But the mundane catalogue of seaside holidays, broken relationships and unspoken truths, reveals more surprises, both comic and touching, than ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published 1995 by Penguin (first published March 10th 1994)
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Aug 07, 2012 Devil rated it liked it
Philip is going through a rough patch: his business has collapsed, he's in debt and his relationship ended. To top it all, he hurts his back in a fall and he needs to lay lown for a few weeks. He decides to write a book about his life, something that people had suggested to him before. Given this scenario, I expected Philip to have a great life-story to tell, but with all due respect he didn't. His life didn't seem any more extraordinary than any Joe Bloggs. Some developments did occur but appar ...more
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May 23, 2016 Jasmine Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really liked this, well written and entertaining.
I started reading this when I'd hurt my back and didn't really enjoy it, so I put it aside and have just picked it up again this week. I did enjoy it a lot more this time around. Its a typical Clare Chambers novel, the ast sandwiched between the present in 3 parts. Its just someone else's everyday life, written very well.
Jul 23, 2011 Zoella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this - have been reading quite a bit of Chambers recently. This one is similar to In A Good Light. I would recommend reading Learning to Swim as it's her best.
Oct 15, 2007 Jacula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How slipping on a discarded chip (of the fried kind) can lead to you writing your autobiography. A satisfying read.
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Clare Chambers was born on 1966 in in Croydon, Surrey, England, UK, daughter of English teachers. She attended a school in Croydon. At 16, she met Peter, her future husband, a teacher 14 years old than her. She read English at Oxford. The marriage moved to New Zealand, where she wrote her first novel. She now lives in Kent with her husband and young family. In 1999, her novel Learning to Swim won ...more
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