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Mrs Fisher's Tulip

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This is the story of one summer in the early Sixties in darkest suburbia. A place where things are not always as safe as they seem. Sally is a schoolgirl. Julie is seventeen and an ice skater - a figure of unimaginable glamour. Sally becomes drawn into Julie's world of secrecy and adult passion. Then watches helplessly as her family is torn apart by the conventions it figh ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 30th 2009 by
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Penny Culliford
May 03, 2009 Penny Culliford rated it it was amazing
Great book. Anyone who grew up in suburbia in the 50s or 60 cannot fail to relate to the central character, Sally. In this beautifully written coming-of-age story, Melanie Hughes has captured an era and an ethos. If you only have room in your suitcase for one book this summer, it has to be Mrs Fisher's Tulip.
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Aug 26, 2009 Jean Paul rated it it was amazing
A great read! Set in the early 1960's, before the age of sexual liberation, Sally's coming of age adventures are engaging and endearing. I loved Sally's adolescent view of the world seen through television soaps and detective series. How refreshing to find a novel that will deal with the lighter and darker sides of life. Everyone can connect to Sally's plight because in some ways we have all been there. I hope there is a sequel soon, I can't wait to see happens to Sally and Mel as they grow into ...more
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Amanda Davis
Jul 21, 2010 Amanda Davis rated it it was amazing
This book is thought provoking and witty. The narrative style makes it easy to read, but the story is deeper than it first seems.

Sally is a child coming to terms with being an adolescent and it is hard not to sympathise with her. I found myself loving her attitude towards the world that she sees through the TV series and films of the time. She never really ducks the issues at hand but has difficulty in making sense of the adult world and life unfolding before her. Many readers will identify wit
Dec 01, 2010 Beth rated it did not like it
Well, $10 and 3 hours I will never get back! I did not enjoy this book at all. Can't understand where all of these five star ratings came from!
Nov 05, 2010 Joew rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading "Mrs Fisher's Tulip". I found it a very easy read that held my attention. The retro setting made it fun and yet it was sad. I felt for Sally and her dilema, very touching and real. Try it, it's light and dark at the same time.
Jan 25, 2011 Nadia rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book it's a fun read and is quite sad at points. The main character, Sally, is really likeable and she gets in some real jams. It reminded me of when I was her age and had similar problems.
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Good read! Great story.
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