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Phobias abound at the Centre for Improved Living, where Nazma goes for help. She’s crazy about baking and desperately wants to become a pastry chef, but her fear of driving keeps her stuck working in a train-station kiosk, where she sells stale food to commuters while dreaming of butter croissants and fresh strudel.

The Centre is also a lifeline for Sam, who is scared to
Softcover, 248 pages
Published February 2016 by Penguin Random House
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MrPinkInk Jacques de Villiers
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is such a clever, quirky and entertaining read!

Jen Thorpe wrote some extremely real characters with a lot of real problems, problems that we each face in our lives on a daily basis.

Grab a cup of hot chocolate, a couple of snacks and snuggle down for a meander around the streets of Cape Town.

Highly recommended

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Absolutely brilliant. A light read which was highly relatable!
Tonstant Weader
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
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The Peculiars is the story of a group of people who are doing a short session of counseling to address their phobias. It is narrated by three of the people in alternating chapters. There’s Ruby the counselor who runs the program and perhaps needs some counseling for her own insecurities. There’s Nazma whose afraid of driving, a skill she needs if she’s ever going to pursue her dreams. Then there is Sam, a handsome man who attracts the interest of both women at first, whose fear of being robbed ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I think it could of been a little longer and slightly more detailed, I did feel that some parts were glossed over but considering I read it in two days... It was an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what comes next.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. A little quirky, but an easy read. Think it could have been a little longer and perhaps gone into a little more detail re the other participants. A good, quick read
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Jen Thorpe is a writer and researcher with an interest in women’s rights. She writes for a number of online and print publications. She founded the My First Time women’s writing project ( and the first collection of stories from the project was published in 2012.
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