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The Changing Room: A British Comedy of Love, Loss and Laughter

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ISBN 10 0992875442/ ISBN 13 9780992875442 New Cover Edition

INCLUDED IN GRANSNET'S BEST CHRISTMAS READS OF 2015

"Today, I am in the changing room of my life and tomorrow, win or lose, I'll move forward a stronger and wiser woman."

Sandy Lovett's confused mother and chaotic life are having an effect on her waistline. She knows she needs to change her life but doesn't know how
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 24th 2015 (first published May 20th 2014)
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Anne
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
There are certain things can change your life. It doesn't have to be a huge thing, it can be a pretty ordinary thing really, but sometimes one little thing can make you stop and take stock.

For Sandy Lovett it was a dress. A blue silky, swishy dress with matching sandals. That dress and those sandals made her stop, look around and decide to take action.
The book opens when Sandy is trying on clothes in one of those awful shop changing rooms, not only does she have the all around mirrors to contend
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Disha Bose O'Shea
Sandy Lovett seems to lead a relatable life of a working woman in the modern world. She executes her tasks at her 9 to 5 with expertise but is barely appreciated whilst dodging the occasional sexual predator at the workplace-scenario. Her husband is losing work as a contractor due to recession so the family needs to tighten its belt. Her children are loving but give her a hard time and her ageing mother has Alzheimers and is brutally honest about pointing out Sandy’s faults, especially her bulgi ...more
Kathryn Harris
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jane Turley's "The Changing Room" is a fun read about Sandy Lovett, a saleswoman whose mid-life is being turned upside down by her aging mother with Alzheimer's, a college-age son who blows through money like its candy and a career choice that's...well, I'll leave that spoiler alone.

As someone approaching a similar point in my life, I really connected with Turley's main character. I appreciated her respectful, yet humorous, portrayal of the ailing mother. The opening scene of the book grabbed m
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Jean Vaughan
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Toatally enthralled from the very first page I defy anyone not to enjoy this book. I laughed out loud, I cried, I felt the loss and I wondered about my future.I saw myself and others I knew and cared about as I read.Certainly one of the best books of 2015 and I recommend everyone to read it. My copy, kindly sent by GoodReads is now in the hands of my daughter-in-law who works for Alzheimers Research Uk- her response is that everyone caring for someone with dementia should read this, a great endo ...more
marlin1
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
The Changing Room is an entertaining novel of a woman on the threshold of a new time in her life.
Sandy is happily married to Dave with three children, two of which are on the cusp of adulthood. Her mother has Alzheimers which is gradually getting worse and she is sick of being taken for granted by the furniture store where she works.

I really enjoyed Sandy's journey to her new self. I think I'm at the same stage in life that I can totally identify with Sandy, there were many laugh out loud (or sn
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Cathy Beyers
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a very long time since I've read a book that made me laugh out loud.The people at the hairdresser's must have wondered... This is my funniest book so far this year. The writer has done an exceptional job describing the pitfalls of the period in a woman's life where she has to deal at once with growing children,a recession and a parent with Alzheimer's. Yet somehow this is an optimistic book. Through all of her trials and tribulations Sandy manages to keep things in perspective, because ...more
Nat K
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
This was a nice little read, full of "real life" scenarios (juggling of work/home, the sadness of ageing parents and career path changes). It was a good breather of a book.
Els
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the cover of the book and the back cover was promising. It's often the case that the first few lines of a story make or break the book and here it made the story.
It made me laugh but it put tears to my eyes as well because I recognised some situations.
The story is fluently written and it shows how important and supportive love between friends or family can be.
Thank you, netgalley
Stephanie Schmidt
Before I give my review, I must disclose that I was a recipient of “The Changing Room” via Giveaways. Thank you to everyone who made this possible; it is always a privilege to review an authors’ work.

Sandy Lovett is a regular English mother with two children, a husband, and an eccentric mother who tests her patience on a regular basis. Her life could best be described as ordinary, which is part of the problem. She is constantly juggling the demands of family life with her children and a husband
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Kendra
Oct 13, 2016 added it
'“Parenthood is one long journey of discovery isn’t it? I’d better go,” I say, snatching a look at Mum. “My mother’s keeping a watchful eye on me.”'

As Sandy Lovett’s mother becomes increasingly confused and disoriented due to her Alzheimer’s, Sandy has to step up and take on a caring role for her. When, one night, Sandy enters her mother’s home to find her huddled underneath the table in the dark, fearing the arrival of German forces—her mind is often stuck in World War 2—Sandy realises her mum
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Pearl
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Changing Room: A British Comedy of Love written by Jane Turley for me was one very funny read which I thoroughly enjoyed from page one as we get to know one wonderful lady named Sandy Lovett who we first meet while shopping for clothes in a changing room while her mother tells her with no hidden softness that Sandy indeed was simply too fat for the clothes she desired!
I loved this book from beginning to end, Sandy was a character who it was impossible not to like and as she goes through lif
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Sarah
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I received a copy of this book through a giveaway over on Goodreads.

I have to admit I hadn't heard of this author before but the description of the novel sounded really good so it was one that I was definitely interested in.

From the cover alone I knew this was going to be an enjoyable read.

Sandy is such a great character that is someone readers can totally relate to. She is a wife, a mother, she works and she also has to take care of her own mother who has Alzheimer's. She really has a lot on he
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Smruti
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, well-written story about real life people with their real-world troubles- the daughter who can't let go, the antagonising mother who remembers her daughter at the end of the day, the horny but understanding husband, the unscrupulous child... And the premise is universal. When we are having a hard time, we look for doors that separate the bad times from the good, that say, "Here, this here is where the past will not be repeated again." For the protagonist, that door is the new dress ...more
Angie Doane goodson
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: e-books
In exchange with an honest review, I received a copy of this book from the author. I promise to try to leave out the main points to not spoil the story.

This book is by far one of the funniest books I have ever read. It was definitely a roller coaster of a read, but one that was completely relatable. At a day where Alzheimers is prevalent in more homes than not, it is hard to find someone who is not affected either directly or indirectly, in one way or another.
This story is about Sandy, who is n
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Anne Hamilton
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a lot of guises, I read for a living. Therefore, it’s such a treat to start a book that immediately draws me in, entertains, and has me looking forward to getting back to it. From the beginning, with Sandy and her mother in the changing room, the characters and the situations – comic, tragic, everyday – were engaging, realistic enough (there has to be licence to exaggerate to make a good story!) and very funny. Jane Turley writes about life events that tend to scare us - like death, like Alzh ...more
Lourdes
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this first book from Jane Turley, being around the same age, as the character in the book , i believe she also has some of her wit in Sandys' character, having to deal with her mom that has Alzheimer's is not easy, especially when she can't remember you at times, and having to work and have a household too, a husband who still finds his wife attracted and wanting sex.

Not liking her job as a sales person part time working for Mr Frosty, a friend shows up and gives her an opportu
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Bharti
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A woman's story of dealing with a deadbeat job, recession, kids Uni expenses, PTA meets and if this isn't enough add an ailing mother with Alzheimer's and a short lived part time job as a phone sex diva.

You will get all of this in a funny, somewhat reflective, close to reality, bordering on positivity and optimism package. The lead character, Sandy is sharp, witty, go getter, funny and highly likeable. She doesn't let life beat her down more than she deal with. She takes it all in her stride and
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Melody
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"After years as a mother, carer and full-time employee, Sandy Lovett quits her job and places her mother in a care home, and life seems on the up. But disaster is never far away for the hapless Sandy as her mother’s obsessions continue to wreak havoc and her husband’s business begins to fail."

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I've been on a Paranormal kick lately, so it was quite a departure from my usual read. That said, I really enjoyed this book.
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Kira
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Changing Room was much more than I expected. The main character is a middle aged woman, Sandy, who is married with kids and was easy to relate to in terms of her struggles with work, her mother, her husband and kids, and her social interactions.

At first the book dragged slightly and seemed to be a story only about a woman whose elderly mother thinks that she is too fat, but then the pace picked up dramatically which I think was
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Debbie
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
This is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. I was laughing out loud many times during the first part of this book. That is before her mother died. There were a few more times after that, but it began to get a little more serious after that, which was fine with me. It was still a good book. The jobs this woman had and the way she did them were hilarious. I especially liked the way she treated revenge. No one was going to get one up on her. I think the Mister Poopy scene w
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Bev
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sandy Lovett is in a bit of a rut - she's worked in the same department store for years and despite being their best asset she has never received the promotion she so badly deserves. Her mum is suffering from Alzheimer's and is in need of constant attention and her kids are growing up. Sandy knows things need to change - and change they certainly do! From selling advertising for the local paper, to losing weight, and from working on an adult chat line to becoming an MP this mum"s life is varied ...more
Ann Cooper
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever read a book that has made me laugh and cry so much! Sandy and her family and friends are the funniest people .

Jane takes difficult subjects - Alzheimer's and cancer - and treats them respectfully but with a ton of humour! She is the master of the throwaway line. I also loved the way she finishes paragraphs and chapters with one of those throwaway lines, leaving the actual description of the situation to the reader's imagination.

I so hope we will follow Sandy in another
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Lyndsy
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a little out of my normal genre reading, but I really enjoyed it. I think what makes it most interesting is just how normal it is. It's not a far-fetched action book or romantic comedy with unrealistic elements. It's a book about a normal woman, in a normal life, with everyday problems. We don't see those all that often, so it's refreshing to read something that most of us can identify with.

The book doesn't exactly fly by, but is still a fairly quick read. The characters are enjoyab
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Eve Proofreads
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is undoubtedly the funniest novel I’ve read in a long time. Jane Turley’s natural wit and flair for sharp dialogue make this an absolute pleasure to read. She reminds me of Sue Townsend, with a good dose of Rachel Joyce: all three have a gift for seeing the humour and pathos of everyday life.

“Today, I am in the changing room of my life and tomorrow, win or lose, I’ll move forward a stronger and wiser woman.”

Alongside the classic British comedy are deeply moving moments...read more here.
Claudia
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: galley

Sandy’s has a very chaotic life, taking care of her mother that suffers from Alzheimer, kids and a job. I felt so bad for Sandy; she was such a good daughter and trying to take care of her family. To be honest, I skipped a few pages because the story was a little too close to me but I enjoyed the funny scenes with the phone “sex”. Very well written and I will definitely read more book from this writer.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me the ARC for review.
Amy
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read. I would definitely recommend it for people who want a humorous read. Sometimes the author would get off topic, but she came back around to what she was talking about. Was a wonderful book about being a full-time mom and full-time daughter. I got this book for free for an honest review. Thank you Jane!
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Fabulous

What highs and lows! Beautiful writing brings an emotional reality right into your heart. Juggling job, home, money, family is all worth it in the end.
Wendy
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everybody should have a friend like Sandy Lovett. A larger than life character whom we all can relate to. A great laugh out loud story.
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Jane was born in a remote village in the Malvern hills in England a long, long time ago. So long ago, that Jane sometimes now forgets where she lives and where she has parked her car. She is, however, very friendly with her local police officer.

Whilst still a baby, Jane moved to the seaside resort of Weston Super Mare, on the borders of Somerset, where she spent years gazing forlornly out of her S
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