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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,245 ratings  ·  363 reviews

Edwina Spinner has lived in the same house for over fifty years. It used to be a busy, crowded family home but now Edwina lives alone and it has grown too big for her. She has decided to sell it.

The young estate agent who comes to value the house sees potential. Knock down a few walls, add a wet room. 'People like a project.' But as Edwina takes him from room to room, she
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Published July 23rd 2015 by Sphere
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Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been aware of Jenny Éclair for years as a comedienne but I have never read any of her books before. I think I had a preconceived notion that I would get a light, fluffy chick lit read with a heroine dripping with sarcasm and, in fact, nothing could have been further from the truth. This is a wonderful read with well drawn, interesting and realistic characters who I really fell for, hook line and sinker. The first I met was Edwina. She has lived in the same house for fifty years and it is ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-star
When its tempting to write a one-word review for a book, the word of choice for this one is 'underwhelming.' Despite its high Goodreads rating, I feel much of this is perhaps due to a slight bias by fans of the author. When I purchased the book, I didn't immediately recognise the writer is the same woman who often appears on daytime women's interest talkshows. She also has a notable career in radio. I ordinarily shy away from celebrity authors, but decided to give Moving a shot nonetheless. As ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2015, n, net-galley
Jenny Éclair has a very fresh and interesting writing style and I can’t wait to read more of her books. This one draws you in from the beginning pages.
Edwina decides that her house of the last 50 years is too big for her and calls an estate agent. As he values the house, memories come flooding back for her. Very moving flashbacks from her past are laid out before us. Happy times, moving times, scandalous times. Secrets come pouring out.
We are treated to another couple of points of view- how will
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
A fantastic read, with believable characters, this is an amazing story of family secrets and betrayals, Jenny Eclair had me hooked from the start. This is one one of those books where I couldn't wait to read more to find out what became of the characters, but I didn't want the book to end either!
Moving and completely absorbing, this book is really impressive, I'm glad I had the chance to read it and I highly recommended it.
Jenny Eclair is a new author to me and I will certainly be reading more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This is a slow burner. I got to almost half way and thought I wasn’t sure if I’d finish it but I loved it once it picked up pace.
All the characters are very well developed- some you like and some you really don’t like
I think the way it was told from different points of view I just felt Edwinas view at the start was a bit long and could have been shorter!
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015

Last year I read Jenny's "Life, Death and Vanilla Slices" and I rated this book with 5 stars, I truly loved this story, it was different and yet felt so very close home, and so I kept my eyes opened on any new release by this author. Almost as soon as my review copy of "Moving" arrived, I started reading it - I was incredibly hooked by the synopsis to this book, and having in mind previous novel, I was sure I am for a real treat again.

And yes, I was right. Even though I can't help thinking that
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Edwina now lives alone in a family house, it is now much too big for he, she has decided to sell up, and while sorting out her goods and chattels, old memories are stirred up from the past and her family’s stories come back to haunt her.
Edwina is an artist and illustrator, her first husband and father to her twins dies very young in a freak accident on a family holiday, I warmed to her as a character looking back over an eventful life where nothing works out as planned and everything has to be
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
For me there was so much to love here! Reads a quote on the back cover: ‘This house has our blood, sweat, love, laughter and betrayal seeped into its very bones. I might leave this place, but bits of me will remain here, tears soaked deep into the floorboards.’ A compelling generational saga of sorts, Moving begins with the elderly protagonist, Edwina, guiding a young estate agent on a tour of her family home. ‘The house is telling her to go: her allotted time is up, it’s someone else’s turn. ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't know what I expected when I chose this to satisfy the category "Written by a celebrity" for my 2016 challenge. I am familiar with JE as a comedienne but not as a novelist.

What a fab fab book told by three people from different perspectives. Edwina, an old lady living alone in a large house where she has raised her family. She realises it is now too large to manage and decides to sell. As she shows the estate agent around the house each room prompts memories of her past and her life in
Lydia Bailey
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A really good, absorbing read. Cleverly written and keeps you turning the pages. Overall it has a melancholy feel to it; a journey of wrong roads taken leading to wasted lives. An unlikely hero emerges at the end though. I Enjoyed it - and will look out for other titles by Jenny Elcair.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. The characters were almost perfectly drawn and the writing quality made it such an easy read. Not for the faint-hearted though; there are a few moments which will raise eyebrows with the more conservative types.
Not completely sure about the structure: it's one complete story but told from three different perspectives. As such, it's more like three linked novellas.
The 'betrayal' didn't seem that big a deal to me. Just a comment that was acted upon and resulted in
MRS Laurel Dawn Lawson
Lost in the story

The book tell of the life's of Edwina as she proceed to sell her house, but found i got lost in the story when another character appeared and Edwina was put away in the back ground to appeared again at the sad ending
Jill's Book Cafe
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When I got this book I was not sure what to expect. I loved the cover and the synopsis but was also worried that it was written by a comedienne known for her strong, fiesty, opinionated persona. No criticism intended here by the way, I'm a bit like that myself, I just wasn't sure what sort of characters I'd be meeting in the book and how well she writes as opposed to performs. Well for anyone with similar concerns I can say, forget them. The book is very good, the characters all different ...more
Jackie Watts
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I read Life, Death and Vanilla Slices I had no idea what to expect from Jenny Eclair and - although I probably should have realised that a comedienne needs a reasonable degree of insight into the way human beings work - her ability to bring people to life on the page caught me by surprise. This time I was more prepared but I am still impressed by the apparently effortless way she manages to combine humour and tragedy in just the right proportions to make her characters and story utterly ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mrs. Moira McGeough
Fortunately I didn't know Jenny Eclair is something of a celebrity as it might have put me off . As it is I really enjoyed this book and felt very drawn to Edwina, the character who opens the book. She knows she must leave the large, crumbling house in which she has lived with two husbands and her twin son and daughter. As the memories come flooding back we learn about her life, the tragedies, the joys, the achievements and the failures. It is very easy to relate to Edwina, (especially at my ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book provided by Netgalley and publisher for review. Once again another hit from the wonderful Jenny Eclair! She has such a gift for the spoken word, humorous - well that's a given but she also makes you feel empathy too for even the nastiest of her characters and not many people can do that. So we meet Edwina who has come to the conclusion she can no longer live in her huge house now she's on her own. As she shows the estate agent round the rooms we hear about her life - the sad times and the ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
This is the first book I have read by Jenny Eclair ... I’m interested now in reading more! What started as one story with what I thought was the main character ended up going off on a tangent with another.... I didn’t see that coming... but an intriguing story which weaves together the characters. Only thing I didn’t like was that two of the characters had similar names (doesn’t take much to confuse me!) and I felt there was a few loose ends.
Margaret Bamford
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sad novel in places but plenty of laughs. The characters are well written and the story unfolds gradually. A very enjoyable read.
Gareth Foy
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Gisela Hafezparast
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book by Jenny Éclair, very much around class, women's (especially upper middle class women) place in society, patch-work families and relationship between husband and wife, mother and children and step-children.

I looked Jenny Éclair up as I so far, apart from her first book, only knew her as a British comedian. Turns out she knows what she is talking about as she has a very similar parentage and upbringing as her main character and therefore knows the upper middle class world
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the things really like about this novel, is that one of the key characters, Edwina is in her late seventies. It all starts with Edwina's decision to sell her big crumbling house; as she takes the estate agent to each room, the history of her family (two marriages, twins and a stepson) unfolds. The focus of the third person narrative is split between Edwina, Fern one of her children's contemporaries, and Lucas, her overweight stepson. There is a strong sense of how chance events can have a ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Saw this recommended and enjoy JE’s journalist articles. Nicely written, good characters, some of their stories and the ending felt a bit rushed.
Lisa Williams
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Double meaning of the title didn't strike me until I was quite near the end (opens as Estate Agent looks around a family home)

The story is in three main sections and I loved the first more than the others.

I do find her v readable. Initially picked up expecting comedic romp- I really should read blurbs, not just author names.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book club read, I really loved Edwina and fell into the story easily. I was a little disappointed when the book went into Fern's section it seemed to drag a little so I was pleased when it got to the section on Lucas who we'd already had hints on being the twist in the story. Overall good book but could just as easily read a whole book from Edwina's perspective
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story Of Edwina who has lived in her house for over 50 years, but now its too big and old she needs to sell. As she sorts through things she is taken back. so are we to the 60s and all the family dynamics that happened. The characters draw you in and I found it very hard to put down. highly recommend
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Jenny Eclair is a comedienne I expected this to be a light hearted comedy type novel. Although there are a lot of great funny descriptions the story itself is about a family with lots of troubles and secrets.
I really enjoyed the story and the style of writing. I will definitely be reading her other books.
Michael Barnett/Juliet Barnett
I really enjoyed this book . It was a good study of characters, relationships and secrets and consequences of people's actions. It was also a trip down memory lane for me as I was at Manchester University from 1979 to 1982 and lived in Lansdowne Road in Didsbury in my second year - the same year that Fern and Charlie were there!
Julie Round
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engrossing family story which was almost two halves. I was involved with Edwina for the first half and did not really connect with Fern and Lucas in the second. The characters were well portrayed with a fascinating contrast between the different classes.
Elaine Higgins
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant I really enjoyed this. Written from very different perspectives, it's funny and sad a real page turner. I don't particularly find Jenny Eclair funny as a comedian but will definitely read her other books
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Jenny Eclair is an English comedian, author and actor. She has appeared on numerous tv shows, most notably Grumpy Old Women, and Loose Women, performed on stage and hosted her own radio shows. She continues to tour her one woman stand up shows throughout the UK and was the first female comic to win The Edinburgh Fringe Perrier Award, in 1995.
She has written three novels, as well as contributed to
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