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3.03 of 5 stars 3.03  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Elizabeth, a young, overworked hospital doctor, gets a phone call from her father late on a Friday night telling her that her mother is dangerously ill. Over the course of the weekend that follows, Elizabeth, on duty as ever and confronting the barely controlled chaos of a busy casualty ward, finds moments to reminisce about her childhood, its joys and its miseries. Past a ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Flamingo (first published May 13th 1991)
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I grabbed this book at a church book sale recently just because it was Suzannah Dunn. I loved Tenterhooks, her beautifully sweet book of short stories, but sadly her full length novel was just not as strong.

It's essentially the story of Elizabeth (who is referred to throughout the novel by a huge array of abbreviations: Betsy, Betty, Lizzie, Lizbeth, Libby etc!) a doctor who is told her mother is sick. That is an accurate description, but it conjures up the wrong image of the book, somehow. It'
This is no doubt the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. I read this 6 years years ago and honestly since then have never encountered a book so bad as this one.
Even to this day I still remember feeling thoroughly cheated by having wasted time enduring reading this book. Time that could have been used on the toilet,watching paint dry or something else 1000 x more constructive.
Some people should just be banned from even writing on paper - to safe the human population
Tamara Epps
Written in an interesting style but didn't seem to have any plot so was easy to get lost in what was actually happening especially as the writing dipped in and out of the past in present tense.
Drew Pyke
Reading other reviews of this book comforts me as I thought I was missing something. This is the worst book I have read because of style (difficult to follow) and plot (nothing memorable happens).
Nov 27, 2009 Mew rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Unexpectedly good considering the front cover. Moving without being soppy.
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Suzannah Dunn was born in London, and grew up in the village of Northaw in Hertfordshire (for Tudor ‘fans’: Northaw Manor was the first married home of Bess Hardwick, in the late 1540s). Having lived in Brighton for nineteen years, she now lives in Shropshire. Her novel about Anne Boleyn (The Queen of Subtleties) was followed by The Sixth Wife, on Katherine Parr, and The Queen's Sorrow, set during ...more
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