The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle
It's 1982 in Australia. THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.
In a seaside suburb, housewife Theresa takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.
From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one...more
The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Club by Sophie Green. (2019).
It's 1982 in Australia. Housewife Theresa takes up swimming at sunrise to get fit and have a few minutes to herself. Marie, a widower, swims from the same beach as it's her one constant in her new life without her husband. 25 year old Leanne suffered through a trauma and relies on herself only. She's a nurse to help others but she resists help for herself. Elaine ...more
The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle is the second novel by Australian publisher and author, Sophie Green. Even if her husband has mentioned her weight more that once recently, that’s absolutely not the reason that Theresa Howard is planning a daily ocean swim. ...more
Theresa is married to Andrew they have two children and Theresa has decided that she wants to ...more
Copy received from Hachette Australia for an honest review
I enjoyed Sophie Green's first book, so it was a treat to receive an early copy of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle.
Stories with an ensemble cast can go one of two ways from me - it can be well written and I thoroughly enjoy meeting all the characters, or it can be train wreck.
Thankfully, this book was the first, and I have enjoyed reading each day in my lunch break.
As an adult, I know how hard it can be to make new friends - I ...more
I listened to it as an audiobook, and Anthea Greco is a wonderful narrator - I could easily tell which of the four women were talking.
I loved the description of the water and the beach and swimming. It spurred me on to exercise, although my exercise is mostly done on land, but it was still nice to listen to these women battling ...more
Four women of varying ages and life experiences are bought together by the urge to take up swimming. Marie, a widow and has swum all her life. Elaine has just arrived in Australia with her surgeon husband and is lonely and depressed.
Theresa has two young children and desperately wants some me time. She also wants to get fit after her husband tells her she's getting fat, and Leanne is a nurse with a tragic past.
These women will become a ...more
Sophie Green has a lovely way with words and bringing together a group of women who, from the outside, don’t make sense. As with Fairvale Ladies Book Club, these women have one thing that unites them, swimming at the beach at sunrise. As they begin to swim together, they begin to share and friendships are born.
This book is set in the early eighties and each of the four women are undergoing some sort of decision about their lives. Will they choose the change or stay ...more
This is a novel about friendship and the unexpected places you can find it. It is about family both the one your a born with and the one you select for yourself. It is about love, life and moving on.
It is also very much about identity and sense of self and what we do to ourselves.
This book will have you ...more
In need of some time for herself, busy wife and mother Theresa Howard opts for a daily dawn swim at Shelly Bay Beach. It’s there that she meets the widowed Marie, who has swum from Shelly Bay to Little Beach, and back again, almost every morning of her long life. The two women are soon joined by Elaine Schaeffer, the British wife of an Australian heart surgeon, who is ...more
This was a really beautiful book about unconditional friendship.
Four women from different backgrounds, with different problems and at different stages of their lives slowly become friends after becoming a swimming group at a beach in 80's Victoria Australia. They become more involved in each others lives and become very important to each other when there are inevitable struggles such as marriage problems, past issues, death, illness and various other things.
Each chapter is told from ...more
The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle is the latest novel from Australian author Sophie Green, this time introducing us to a fantastic group of women who bond over their love of the water.
The book is set in 1980s NSW, but there is so much about these women and their lives that can be understood by readers who may not have memories of the 1980s. These four women confront loss, grief, relationships, family, adultery, friendships, addictions, and mental health. Sophie Green ...more
The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle is set focusing around a small beach town ...more
NSW, 1982. Housewife Theresa takes up swimming. She wants to get fit and also wants a few precious minutes to herself. Widowed Marie swims; with her husband gone, swimming is the one constant in her new life. Leanne only has herself to rely on; she became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself. Elaine has recently moved from England; far from home, her closest friend is a gin bottle...
I found myself immediately immersed in the ...more
Marie - widow. Takes to the waters of the bay pretty much every day at sunrise. Swimming is her constant, the reason she gets up every morning.
Theresa - housewife. Needs some space for herself and to be herself. No husband demanding, no children wanting. No being pulled in all directions. Theresa would like to get fit and swimming seems a good option.
Elaine - housewife. Recently moved from England leaving everything she knows behind apart from her Australian husband. She ...more
The days are getting longer and lighter and brighter and these first few days of spring are the perfect time for reading books like The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle. I was gifted this book by the good people at @hachetteaus and was delighted by the joyful optimism within its pages. •
It’s a simple formula - four disparate women with seemingly nothing in common gradually bond when they meet each day to embark on an ocean swim ...more