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The Art of Friendship

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  51 reviews
We all expect our friendships from childhood to last forever...

Libby and Kit have been best friends ever since the day 11-year-old Kit bounded up to Libby's bedroom window. They've seen each other through first kisses, bad break-ups and everything in-between. It's almost 20 years since Libby moved to Sydney, but they've remained close, despite the distance and the differen
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Macmillan Australia
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Veronica ⭐️
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, aww-2018
Lisa’s last book, The Shape of Us, has been shortlisted for the AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Award for book of the year, and Lisa has been shortlisted for the Best Established author. The Shape of Us was also in my top 10 reads of 2017.

The Art of Friendship wasn’t exactly how I imagined it to be. I thought it was going to be a BFF, follow their lives, a bust up then HEA. Basically it was along those lines but so much more. It was a look at the different types of friendships we have during our li
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
4.5 stars
Friendships, we have them and we lose them. Sometimes we can’t live without them, other times we are up in arms about ending them. The Art of Friendship is a new novel that puts one great big ring around a friendship between two women that formed in childhood, has lasted the distance but is now at a breaking point.

The Art of Friendship explores how one relationship formed from childhood, grows and changes. Ireland asks the reader to consider; what h
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Childhood best friends since the age of eleven, Kit and Libby have always been there for one another over the years. A friendship that would last forever or would it?

It's been almost 20 years since Libby moved from Melbourne to go and live in Sydney, but she and Kit have always kept in contact. So when Kit hears that Libby is returning to Melbourne she couldn't be happier and can't wait to see Libby again. Only it seems things are different between Kit and Libby and their strong friendship bond
Eleven-year-old Libby and her parents had had to sell their farm and move into the city. Woodvale in Melbourne was nothing like the family was used to, but it didn’t take Libby long to make friends. Kit lived over the road from Libby, and the very first day she had spotted Libby at her bedroom window, Kit declared they would be best friends forever. As they moved through school together, first primary then high school, their friendship didn’t falter. It was when Kit was in London that Libby met ...more
Sally Hepworth
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Okay, you can't do that, because it's not out yet. Sorry. But as soon as it is, refer to my statement above. I loved Lisa Ireland's first book The Shape of Us--I mean LOVED it--but this, friends, is even better. I connected to this book on so many levels. It is simple yet complicated, sad and real, uplifting and funny. It is about the friendships we hold and those we lose. Something about it felt intensely personal. It is that book that forces you
Dale Harcombe
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
Libby and Kit first met as eleven year olds, after Libby and her family moved to Woodvale. Over the years, despite living in different places at times, the friendship has remained strong. So when Libby announces she and the family are moving back to Melbourne, Kit is overjoyed. She will get to see more of Libby and also Libby’s son Harry, to whom she is godmother. It all sounds ideal. What could possibly go wrong? Libby, on the other hand, has some reservations about the m
Theresa Smith
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww2018
What an incredible novel this turned out to be! In Lisa Ireland’s latest, she examines the intricacies of friendship and asks the question: do lifelong friendships have a use by date? But friendship isn’t the only issue to come under the microscope. Lisa also takes a look at parenting, self-confidence, the lengths people will go to fit in with their chosen crowd, the tendency to unfairly judge others, relationships and domestic violence. It’s a smorgasbord of social issues but just like a puzzle ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It gives thought to the ‘type’ of friendships you have through out your life.
An enjoyable read
Pan Macmillan Australia
This is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or just a great read for women of any age. Australian Lisa Ireland looks at just what makes some friendships last a lifetime and others for only a short while. Libby and Kit are childhood friends growing up in Melbourne then Libby gets married and moves away to another city. The two friends correspond the whole time and when years later, Libby’s husband gets the dream job back in Melbourne, the two friends are so excited to be living close to each other ...more
Sam Still Reading
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: love Lisa Ireland's books
I always look forward to a new Lisa Ireland novel without exception, so perhaps it seems strange that I’ve waited almost a month after release to read and review The Art of Friendship. I was waiting for a less busy time to dedicate myself to reading this wonderful story and I’m glad I did because I didn’t do much else besides read once I’d opened it. The Art of Friendship is a wonderful story that pushes both the characters and the reader to their limits. It makes you question how you see your f ...more
Julie Garner
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
What a great story about the balance between friendship and family. Lisa does a wonderful job of delving in to the heart of friendship that begins in childhood and moves on through a young adult travelling to getting married and having a family.
Kit and Libby will finally, after many years, be living in the same city. They can't wait to be able to see each other again on a regular basis. They find, however, that the dream doesn't always translate well in to reality. Even though they are close in
Leanne Francis
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the beautiful and simple storytelling but this is a novel layered with depth and meaning, Lisa’s captured the complexities of friendship perfectly, loved it
Bree T
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an adult, friendship feels like such a tricky thing. Far more so than when I was a child. I’m not really sure what it is – perhaps it’s moving interstate as an adult without knowing anyone. I still have friends from my high school years but we are spread out all over the globe now, contact restricted to liking each other’s photos on facebook. I would imagine that were some of them to suddenly move close to me, it would be almost like getting to know them all over again. And I’d imagine that t ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Friendship is my first book by Australian author Lisa Ireland. From the moment I started reading, I enjoyed spending my time with two best friends, Libby and Kit in Melbourne. Libby and Kit have been best friends since primary school and have navigated high school and adulthood together. However, on the brink of their fortieth birthdays they discover that their friendship is not what appears to be. Libby living in Sydney for much of their adult lives has caused a distortion of their p ...more
Stacey Houllis
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of besfriends who met at the age 11 years old and grew up together. Over the years their lives take different paths Libby is married to Cam and mother to 13 year old. Kit single living in the house she grew up with her mother in Melbourne. Kit's mum passed away a year earlier Libby is living in Sydney for 20 years with family when her husband gets a job in Melbourne as Lawyer executive of Housing development company that comes with house. So they move there Libby and Kit think ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd been saving this book as a special occasion read - for my annual weekend away with my daughter. I couldn't put it down. Literally. Thankyou Lisa. This book is about friendship and how it changes, but it's so much more than that - especially relevant in this instaperfect environment. Some confronting themes, and some oh yes, I get that moments - it explores both the fellowship and the competitiveness of female friendship, the roles we all play, and the choices we make. Oh, and I loved it. Hav ...more
Melanie Moxon
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will resonate with many people who have had a friend since their childhood. A sure page turner. I really enjoyed both main characters of kit & Libby. Lisa has a way of pulling you into the characters emotions & taking you on a journey. I really enjoyed it as much as ‘the shape of us,’ her last book. ...more
Susan Dawson
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story that had me putting chores off to keep reading & page turning. Loved the intertwined DV back story..... a real true to life story that occurs far too often. Thanks LI for the lovely journey and gentle reminder to be the truest of me!!! ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but did find the first half a little slow.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely LOVED this book, from start to finish and read it within a 24 hour period! I felt the pain, laughter and love from all of the characters....well worth more than 5 stars! I think this book will stay with me for a very long time.
(Eileen)  Dunn
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exploring friendships, this delightful story shows how tenuous and also how strong friendships can be. A difficult topic, perhaps, Lisa Ireland nevertheless seamlessly slips in many pointers that show the way friendships evolve, dissolve and move on. An easy read which I enjoyed.
Nicola Marsh
Devoured this in 2 days.

A thought-provking read about friendships, long-lasting and recent, that will have you evaluating your own friendships long after you've turned the final page.

Thoroughly enjoyed.
Jaylee Neal
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, I honestly couldn't pick who I loved so so much but honestly Lisa out did herself!
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kit and Libby met and became best friends as 11 year olds. As they grew, their lives took them in different directions, but they kept their friendship intact through letters and phone calls. On the cusp of their fortieth birthdays, they again find themselves living in the same city, only 15 minutes apart. But has their friendship survived the years apart? Can it survive them being together again?

I really enjoyed this book. Lisa Ireland does an incredibly realistic job of portraying the relations
I bought this book when it first came out which is over a year ago now, I got just over a quarter of the way through but was getting annoyed with one of the main characters and obviously wasn't in the mood for being annoyed because I put it down with the intention of picking it back up down the track, but it never happened. Luckily my friend has just started a bookclub and she chose The Art of Friendship as the first book our group needed to read, which gave me the opportunity to pick it back up ...more
Rae Hawkins
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Lisa Ireland's books. She has the best story line that has you loving the characters right from the start
Adina Shaw
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Depicted the accuracy of having a childhood friend and then branching out when you are older! Loved it, very detailed.
Sigrid Eckhart
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Started very interesting but I became increasingly annoyed with Libby throughout the book.
Michelle Parsons
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Most of us have had those friendships, you know the ones that started when you were kids and continue to blossom into adulthood? I know I have. But what happens when one of you moves away and your lives take a different trajectory? Some friendships run their course and there's nothing you can do about it. Or is there?

Lisa Ireland's enchanting story of childhood friends Kit & Libby, takes us on an adventure. You will be charmed by their childhood antics, and be heartbroken as t
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book at all. However as it moved on, after Harry was removed from school, the book really became alive for me. Of the two friends I think Kit appealed to me more, although I did feel sorry for Libby toward the end.
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Lisa Ireland is an Australian writer of contemporary women’s fiction. After working for many years as a primary school teacher, Lisa is a now a full-time writer.

Her novel, Feels Like Home, is an Australian Bestseller. In 2015 Lisa was one of the Top Ten Debut Fiction Authors in Australia. She has five books published to date, and her sixth novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF SHIRLEY SULLIVAN, will be releas

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