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My Counterfeit Self

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  20 reviews
‘A compelling portrayal of the bohemian life of an activist poet, the men she loves, and the issues she fights for.’ Eleanor Steele

A rose garden. A woman with white hair. An embossed envelope from the palace.
Lucy Forrester, for services to literature, you are nominated for a New Year’s Honour.
Her hands shake. But it’s not excitement. It’s rage.
For five decades, she’s perf
Paperback, 1, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by Rossdale Print Productions
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Julie  Whitley
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Jane Davis novel I have read, and I am eager to read them all. She builds well rounded characters who interact with each other in authentic ways. In My Counterfeit Self, I was drawn in to Lucy's story from the start when she became a victim of polio. Following her recovery, she used her gift for poetry to lend voice to her life-long activism on behalf of the military victims of nuclear testing. Lucy lived a full life, my only regret is that I have turned the last page and can n ...more
Radhika Swarup
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

We meet Lucy, poet and activist, on a morning that finds her angry and bereft. It is a few hours to the funeral of Dominic, her critic and sometime lover, and Lucy has just learnt that she is about to be honoured for her services to poetry. She shreds the invitation – from the Palace – to ribbons, destroying with it her beautiful summer garden, and we see in one graceful move Lucy’s grief over her loss and her anti-establishment zeal.

Jane Davis then takes us back in time, to Lucy’s childhood in
Norma Doyle
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book drew me into its pages with a strength of writing that just kept me reading. Lucy’s life unfolded asynchronously but not chronologically. We hear how people and events shaped her self awareness but caused her to hide her true self and intelligence. I identified with her struggle to make herself understood in a world that largely tried to restrain her to the norms of society. Thank you, Jane Davis, for another thought provoking novel that was not at all counterfeit.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book from Jane Davis. Refreshingly not one of her books is alike. This is about a rather irascible old lady reflecting on her life as a social activist, using the medium of her poetry. It covers a period of time that is very familiar to me and brought back some surprising memories.
Linda Modrall
I feel that this is an amazing book. I t kept me turning page to page. I read half the book before I could put it down.
Davida Chazan
Watch this space for my review of this powerful novel!
Margarita Morris
This is a powerful, complex story about Lucy Forrester, poet and activist, and how she came to be the person she is. I particularly enjoyed the scenes from Lucy's childhood and the difficult relationships with her parents. Much of the novel is set in the colourful, bohemian world of Soho. The novel also gives us an analysis of post-war issues in the 1950s and 1960s, especially those relating to the development of the bomb, the rise of CND and the treatment of homosexuality during the period when ...more
Cindy Marsch
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received an e-book ARC of this title for purposes of an honest review.

It’s a good sign when characters live in my mind as real people do, provoking me to exasperation and twangs of pity, then satisfyingly resolving to a comfortable wash of recognition and acceptance. So has Jane Davis conjured Lucy Forrester: the sensitive child in an iron lung, the misunderstood and unappreciated adolescent, the self-righteous maturing young woman, and finally the “same old Lucy” who is up to her old activis
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Davis never disappoint me. Such a talent for story telling. Every book is unlike the last one.
Another great book. Another great story.
Moxie Cosmos
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timely Nuclear Weapons Protest

Books clubs everywhere put this novel on your summer must-read list, as at this very moment we can’t say what will happen in the Koreas or Iran. Well researched by this powerful writer, the era of the CND and Greenham Common in the UK, and peace marches on the USA, comes back to haunt us. The poet-activist, the pioneering open gays, the attention grabbing costumes and sights, the Tv cameras rolling, and the seething establishment remind us of our failure to stop mur
Carlynne Toomey
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I’ve read my Jane Davis. It is very well crafted and introspective. I think the subject matter is very timely and while I don’t care for the back and forth in time style of this book, it made sense as I was reading it. I’d definitely recommend it if you are into good literature with a lot of meat to it – this is NOT a light and breezy read.
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this more than I did

I really enjoyed the story of Lucy's illness and how Pamela helped her, but I felt like the story fell apart as she grew. Clearly, the author & Lucy are dedicated to nuclear disarmament and I did learns good deal of British history, but I feel cheated.

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Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great, great story, written by the extremely gifted author, Jane Davis. Her words paint pictures, in your mind and heart and soul. A wonderful book.
Arabella Droullard

The story begins with a young impressionable girl, stricken by polio, confined to an iron lung, her neck in a brace, her parents emotionally absent, her ability to experience all life had to offer her at not quite 10 years of age limited by her imagination and her life support.
She is paired with a forward thinker, a governess with clarity about what constitutes right and what constitutes wrong. A questioner who permitted her charge, nay encouraged her charge, to read and to question. Who said hi
Jane Davis’s sixth novel, My Counterfeit Self, has three main characters and three interweaving story strands.

The first strand is the story of a lifelong relationship between a poet, a critic and a photographer – the complexities of which reveal themselves, layer by layer, as the novel unfolds.

The second is the story of an extraordinary mind emerging out of a struggle with both childhood neglect and childhood polio.

And the final strand is an account of the British anti-nuclear movement, starting
Harriet Steel
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
Lucy Forrester survives childhood polio and a miserable relationship with her family to become a respected poet and campaigner. The action of the novel goes back and forwards in time from the late 1940s to the present day and follows her life and relationships with the two men she loves as well as her involvement with the protest movements against establishment injustice and concealment that took place during much of that time.
I found the historical aspects of the novel very interesting and they
Dawn Gill
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was a little worried that I might find this a challenge - I don't 'get' poetry, and this is, after all about a poet activist. I needn't have worried. It is another beautifully thought provoking, well researched, meaningful and detailed novel, making for a read that has made me go on to do some research into the topics covered (sorry - can't say; spoiler alert!). It's also an emotional read; generating laughter and tears and anger in me. As always Jane Davis manages to make all her characters s ...more
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Jane Davis is the author of eight 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.' She has since published six further novels, These Fragile Things, I ...more
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