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Swimming Pool Sunday

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,165 ratings  ·  227 reviews
One shimmeringly hot Sunday in May, the Delaneys open their pool to the whole village for charity. Louise is there with her daughters, and while the children splash and shriek in the cool blue waters, she basks in the sunshine, attempting to ignore her estranged husband and dreaming of the new man in her life, a charismatic lawyer. The day seems perfect.

Then a sudden and
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 3rd 1997 by Corgi (first published 1997)
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Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britmania
It's not a perfectly constructed story, but is was a surprisingly good read. It's a pre-Shopaholic novel written under her real name, and when I saw it on my e-book library site, I knew I had to read it.

MW beautifully captures the undercurrent of this small village near London. It's the story of two families who are both touched by tragedy. The Delaneys, Ursula and Hugh, have lost their younger son and are still grieving his death. His widow Meredith is living with them and has truly become thei
Rea Cobb
May 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
I am a huge fan of all books by Sophie Kinsella. I have read every one of her books on more than one occasion. I was getting a little tired and impatient of waiting for her to release another book so I decided to visit her website to see if there was any information as to when she is due to release another book and what I found out to my surprise is that she writes under two names Sophie Kinsella and her real name Madeleine Wickham. I have now slowly started making my way through the books by Ma ...more
Heather Porter
Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Love Sophie Kinsella, hated this book. There was a whole sub-plot that had nothing to do with the book. Some major events were completely glossed over, and I really had no sympathy for the main characters.
Love Fool
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
If Goodreads would let me I would give this a 3.5 rating.

One shimmeringly hot Sunday in May, the Delaneys open their pool to the whole village for charity. Louise is there with her daughters, and while the children splash and shriek in the cool blue waters, she basks in the sunshine, attempting to ignore her estranged husband and dreaming of the new man in her life, a charismatic lawyer. The day seems perfect.

Then a sudden and shocking accident changes everyone's lives forever.

I had my doubts
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm conflicted about this book - on one hand I loved it but on the other hand I hated and was irritated by it.

I found myself hating so many of the main characters for being stupid and naive but this is how it happens in life sometimes.
Louise irritated me, Ursula irritated me....

The only character I loved and wanted to know all about was Meredith. She seemed as the only sane and real person.

I love all the other Madeleine Wickham's book as Sophie Kinsella but i wouldn't recommend this one to anyon
Brittany Lentz
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Interesting book...I didn't expect the story line from the summary for some reason. But it was definitely different. The only complaint I would have, is that the writer would glaze over the most anticipated parts. Like she would build up to this moment, and then end the chapter. Then we wouldn't get to be there in the story when it actually happened. We'd hear a bit about it retrospectively or a rumor about it from someone else. Still love this writer though! Her writing keeps me captivated and ...more
Carole Fortenberry
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am torn on this book. This book is not like any Madeleine Wickham AKA Sophie Kinsella book I've read. To me it was a hard read, very slow and not her normal fun style. I've read all her books and they have the same feel. This one is different.

Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, literary
In this retelling of Dickens’ Bleak House Wickham really has it in for lawyers and law suits. Although not as perfectly integrated as say Clueless, Wickham does a nice job with a familiar and classic storyline. In case you doubt the connection:
Jarndice= the Delanays
Esther Summerson = Meredith
Lady Deadlock = Sylvia
Tulkinghorn = Cassion
Richard Carstone = the Kembers
Ada Clare = Daisy
Plus I know there are characters I’m forgetting because I haven’t read Bleak House in a long time.

I’m glad I read th
AJ Flamingo
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Is there any end to Sophie Kinsella’s storytelling abilities? She weaves subplots and evokes varied emotions with grace and wit. I also get a kick out of her uniquely British language. It brings me back to her every time. I can’t say I’m a big fan of “Women’s Fiction,” or less kindly referred to as Chick Lit but I appreciate a story that takes me out of myself if only for a few hours...
Natalie Seymour
This was a good book, but completely different from “Sophie Kinsella” in terms of content. I have read almost all of this authors books under her pseudonym Sophie Kinsella and they are very light hearted, fun, easy going and very funny. Under her original name, she takes on a different tack and becomes more serious with her story lines. The reading style is the same, very easy and not to intense, but the content has changed. I really enjoyed the change and the story itself is good. I felt it was ...more
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 01/05/1997
Author: Madeleine Wickham
Recommended for: fans of chick lit

I really enjoy the series of books by Madeleine Wickham (Sophie Kinsella), these are the kind of books that you can easy get caught up in and loose trck of time. This book features the Delaney's (Hugh and Ursula) and the Kembler's ( Louise, Katie and Amelia) they are really wonderful characters who you will find very likeable and easy to get along with. This is a story full of fear, betrayal and greed. A really reall
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Would give this book 3 and half stars if I could. 3 doesn't seem enough but 4 too many.
This is a story about the effects an accident can have on a family and friends. The story was good but just found that at times some of the characters annoyed me. But having said that it is the sign of a good book when it makes you feel any kind of emotion.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
It was... Meh. I love Sophie, I love her writing as Madeleine, but this book ranks second last, among the four books of hers that I've read. Better than Sleeping Arrangements.
I love Barnaby, Alexis, Meredith. Hated Cassian. Loved his name but hated him.
Pam Kerr
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed more than expected and prefer the author writing under this name rather than the shopaholic series.
Julie Ambani
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Synopsis: Mr and Mrs Delaney have a long standing tradition of opening their pool to all of the village for charity. On one scorching hot Sunday, Louise Kemper finds herself at the Delaney’s pool with her daughters, Amelia and Katie, as well as her enstranged husband, Barnaby. Barnaby is not happy, given the conditions he has found himself there in. It was supposed to be his day with the girls but it seems Loise got her way once again. As the children have their time of their lives swimming in t ...more
I think this was an okay read, it wasn't bad and I enjoyed it. But it wasn't anything really good. The characters weren't always very likable, and some of their decisions were questionable but understandable at times. (view spoiler) ...more
Carla Burns
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Just like the other books of Madeleine Wickham, this was just okay. Having started with the books she has written under her pseudonym Sophie Kinsella, her older books just don't do much. They aren't bad or anything, but at the end of the book I'm always left with the question 'What was the point?'. Just like her books under Sophie Kinsella they are tagged as romance, but they are more like regular fiction and don't have the rom-com feel that the books under her pseudonym have. Also, they v
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started out kind of boring and I was struggeling to get through it. But then it got interesting and I finished half the book in a day.

When Louises youngest daughter Katie has an accident at a neighbour's pool, she's terrified of losing her daughter. Louises new boyfriend Cassian wants to sue Ursula and Hugh, the owners of the swimming pool. She thinks he's right and her ex husband feels the same. Along the way she starts to doubt if she's doing the right thing.
Meanwhile Hugh and Ursula
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had been looking for this book for a few years, it's the last one by Madeleine Wickham I hadn't read. I was excited to find it on and ordered it. I was a little disappointed in it though once I began reading. The beginning was very slow for me, and even once I got into the book about 100 pages I just wasn't feeling it. I didn't connect at all to any of the characters. None of them were particularly likable. And I didn't understand the point of the Alexis/Daisy storyline. It see ...more
Bree T
Louise and her husband Barnaby are in the midst of a messy separation. On a weekend when Barnaby was due to have their two daughters, Amelia and Katie, he wants to take them fishing. However it’s the one day a year that the Delaneys, Hugh and Ursula, open their pool to the entire small village, charging a coin donation that goes to charity. The ‘fair’ is famous and both of the girls are desperate to go. Barnaby, impatient, declares that he’s going fishing and Amelia chooses to remain behind with ...more
Bridget Bailey
I have read almost all of this author's books but I wouldn't say this was one of my favorite books. I felt like this book was much longer than it needed to be and a few storylines that were not necessary. This book had a lot of ups and downs and I think it was good in the character development aspect but the storyline was still somewhat lackluster. She has written better books and books that have kept my interest longer. I wouldn't recommend this book but it's not a horrible read just not her be ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was hugely disappointing for me. I felt that Madeleine Wickham was trying to tackle a topic out of her depth. The story was bland and pointless, and the characters uninteresting - I still don't understand Alexis' relationship to the Delaneys or the purpose of Daisy.

The only good thing about this book is the author's style of writing which made the book readable and that I felt I got a decent insight into a mother's thoughts and fears on occasion.

Boring, do not recommend.
Lydia Smith
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I love all books by Sophie Kinsella and decided to give her Madeline Wickham series a read. I was really disappointed with the book as a whole. I found it really confusing as it jumped around lots of different characters in the book. I also didn't find the storyline very gripping and actually couldn't wait to finish! (never thought I would say that about any of her books). I just hope that the rest of the series is good as i bought the box set! ...more
Helene Passy
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinsella is really good when she moves away from the fluffy fairy tales - this book asks a lot of interesting questions: what happens when a child gets brain-damaged in the neighbour’s pool? Is there ground for a personal injury trial... and is it moral?
It’s not often Kinsella writes realistic stories that don’t necessarily end well, and I quite enjoyed that one.
This is one of Sophie Kinsella’s earlier book, written under her pen name Madeline. The story is okay, but I felt there were parts that could have been explored more that weren’t, and parts that were needlessly put in. Different from Sophie’s usual style, as her books are always amusing, but a decent enough read.
Dawn Vanstone
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story was meatier than I expected. I enjoyed the book although it was predictable in parts and the ending was a bit sugar coated - although one character, Meredith, didn't seem to have her story brought to a proper conclusion like the rest of the characters. ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
An ok read... let me down (thinking of Kinsella's work)... nothing great, nothing outrageously different. In fact, as a parent, I felt Louise and Barnaby really failed Amelia and as an author, I feel the story was disjointed when Amelia wasn't included. Very average.... ...more
Adeline Kam
The style of writing for this book is different from the Shopaholic series (which I loved very much).  This book is more serious and I find it rather bored.  Somehow the story doesn't flow well.  I am quite disappointed with this book and tried to skim through as fast as possible.   ...more
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