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As Streatham, South London, still reels from the riots in neighbouring Brixton, Graham Jones, an ordinary father, grows fearful for his teenage daughter Judy who faces a world where the pace of change appears to be accelerating. But even he cannot predict what will happen next. A series of events is about to be unleashed over which he will have no control, and the lives of ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published May 25th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 23rd 2013)
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Lorraine Wilke
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If one reads a lot, book after book (as I do), you sometimes get a sense of repeated themes, story arcs, and plot points that begin to run together in ways that make it hard to discern what's outstanding or noteworthy from the book before. Then a story jumps out at you with a raw burst of originality and thought-provocation that goes deeper than most, leaving you thinking and pondering the issues and plot lines unfolding in front of you. That would be These Fragile Things.

Written with tremendou
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Geoffrey West
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a haunting memorable tale that lives on in your mind.
It is an extraordinarily well written book, in that it moves fast, draws the reader quickly into the story, and never wastes a word. Fast moving and punchy, it starts with a bang, when Elaine’s daughter Judy is seriously injured, simply as a result of bad luck. The tale unfolds section by section, and it might spoil the story if the sequence of events is given here, but I can say that right the way through it’s a highly char
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Grady
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Near-death experience and religious fervor and other fragile things

That Jane Davis is an important new writer is a given. For those who have not yet had the visceral experience of reading her novels this particular book THESE FRAGLE THINGS is a terrific starting point. Davis has found confounding concepts and plays them out in her craftsmanly prose like an experienced professional.

The story is compelling and has been summarized for us: `As Streatham, South London, still reels from the riots in n
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Evie Woolmore
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
These Fragile Things is an essay on survival: what does it mean to survive? How do we define successful survival? And when one's life has changed dramatically, how are those around us dragged in to our experience of surviving? When teenager Judy is almost killed in 1982 by a falling tree, her parents respond in very different ways. Her mother, Elaine, is bogged down by the practicalities while her father, Graham, makes a pact with God. In this intense, emotionally complex novel, we witness (in t ...more
Compulsion Reads
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if your child was named the “Miracle Girl” and she claimed to have ethereal visions? For the Jones family this scenario is about to be played out in their lives.

Judy Jones was a typical fourteen-year-old teenager growing up in Streatham, England in the 1980’s, when a brick wall fell down on her, trapping her in a phone booth. Against all odds she survives. Distraught over the realization that his daughter may never be the same again, her father turns to the church to save his l
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Tabitha (Tabi Thoughts)
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First off, I want to apologize for posting such a late review. In the midst of starting my junior year of college, I became a bit occupied with classes and homework. I, however had finished this book a few weeks back and loved it so much that I decided to write about it in my college newspaper as well. Here is my review!

 These Fragile Things is a mesmerizing work of fiction written by up and coming author, Jane Davis. The book entails many fragile topics including near death experiences,revelati
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Melissa
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jane Davis has created beautiful world for readers to step into in These Fragile Things. She uses breathtaking descriptions that make the story come to life for the reader. The tensions that build in this work weigh on the read just as they would the characters. Readers will feel the pressure Judy feels, the desperation Graham is consumed by, and the betrayl Elaine feels. To read this is to walk in their shoes and see their story from three very different points of view.

I found this work consumi
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Cleopatra  Pullen
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having read both Half-truths & White Lies and I Stopped Time, two very different books, I was keen to see what delights were on offer in this book. I was not disappointed.

The story is set in Streatham, London in the early 80's. Judy Jones, pops into a telephone box to have a conversation, without her mother listening in, when a wall collapses on her. Religion, in particular Catholicism, feature strongly as themes of near-death experiences and religious fervour, not subject matter I'd normally se
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Athena Brady
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elaine sends her thirteen year old daughter to the shop when she runs out of stamps. After a while when Judy doesn’t return, she goes to look for her. Judy has been in a horrendous accident and only just escapes with her life. Her father Graham goes to the hospital chapel to pray for his daughter and meets a nun. They share a special moment together that changes him forever.

Judy and her father become closer and Elaine feel pushed out. Judy feels that she was saved for a reason and she is determ
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Karon
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different type of book for me as I wouldn't normally read books with a religious theme, but I had enjoyed "I stopped time".
It was strange that it took me a few chapters to realise that it was set in the 80's as the mention of riots in London misled me into thinking it was set only a few years ago.
Once I aligned myself in the right time period I appreciated all the references from that era.
An interesting story.
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Kathy Shuker
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written novel, moving and heart-breakingly sad at times. Immensely evocative of both time (it is set in the eighties) and place (Streatham, South London), I quickly became drawn into the lives of the main characters and the ebb and flow of their very real emotions. The descriptions and use of language are both wonderful and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Michele Luthringer
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this because there were so many high reviews. This book started out good, but I just didn't like where it went, and I really didn't like the ending. I liked the whole concept of near death experiences and visions of Mary and I hoped the book would go down more of that route. I'm probably misunderstanding where the author was trying to go with this. ...more
Liza Perrat
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Dorothy Z
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really good story. Well written. Didn't care for the ending. The author did NOT tie up many loose ends :( ...more
Una Rose
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great read from a talented author who will surprise you every step along the storyline.
Linda Turnbow
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dawn Gill
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moving, Convincing, Delightful
Another wondrous novel from Jane Davis
This is paced perfectly and written beautifully. Can’t give many details without the risk of spoilers; but there are numerous intersecting viewpoints; each character feels so real and the story convincing – despite the outline premise perhaps being a little off beat.
I’m of an age with the child in the story so each cultural reference resonated; even in small details like the way she wears her uniform (I did the same with my sock
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Adele
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I struggled severely through this book just to finish. what the description had to say did nothing to the book.
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Jane Davis is the author of nine thought-provoking novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as ‘A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.’ The Bookseller called her 'One to Watch.' In 2016, Writing Magazine named An Unknown Woman their Self-Publishe ...more

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