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Dream Street, 31

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,830 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
Una vieja casa victoriana acoge los sueños y los fracasos de sus peculiares inquilinos. Toby, un poeta sin trabajo y sin libro publicado, vive en una mansión en Londres con cuatro peculiares inquilinos: una aspirante a cantante, una actriz, un anciano, un adolescente que quiere ser aviador y su madre arrepentida que lo abandonó a los pocos meses de nacer. Pese a vivir siem ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by DeBolsillo (first published January 1st 2000)
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Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In every town, city or village there is always a house that is architecturally unique that always draws the eye and makes you wonder about who lives there. That is exactly how Leah has always thought of The Peacock House, opposite her flat, and its assorted group of very bohemian occupants led by the house’s owner Toby, a shambolic and scruffy poet. She has never spoken to any of them, until now, when Leah and Toby’s paths cross unexpectedly one day, which leads to Toby asking her to help him ge ...more
Amy Pettyjohn-Ferris
Ok, 3 days and only 30 pages, and I keep falling asleep. The main character, Toby, has about as much interest as a head of cabbage. So boring. I've decided to not even try to make it through this book anymore...It's been torture
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I'll be honest,I had this book sitting around for some time before picking it up to read. I thought, oh this will be so predictable, typical chick-lit, and kept passing on it for other stuff. But after reading a rather awful, unpredictable book, I felt in the mood for something cozier. I really enjoyed "The House We Grew up In" and "The making of Us" by Jewell, so I don't really know why I wasn't initially as interested in this book(maybe I was guilty of 'judging a book by its cover'-oops).
In an
Amanda Patterson
Does happiness live inside a house? Leah watches the eccentric and quirky residents of 31 Silversmith Road come and go. Who is the odd, tall man named Toby and how did he come to have this motley crew living inside his home? Toby has had the house for 15 years.
Ruby is a singer - addicted to men and booze. Con works in the mail room at Vogue but dreams of becoming a pilot. His mother Miranda, who abandoned him years ago, sets up home in his bedroom after a second failed marriage. Joanne is a mys
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, swapped
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, and decided to read this strictly based on the author's past novels. But once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down. The characters in this book are so REAL, so down-to-earth and relatable.

The main character, Toby, undergoes a slow transformation throughout the novel on his journey to start living, a transformation that is at times a bit sad -- I felt like I wanted to give him a big hug! :) The other characters in
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, british, sweet
What a sweet book! I loved all the characters and the Cinderella story of Toby and his house. There were places where I was grinning as I read (because the story was just that charming) and a few places where I got teary, because it was so sad and I felt heartbroken for the characters. A totally satisfying book with some unexpected depth, while still being light-hearted. Loved it!
So I probably think that I picked up this book because I'm hunting for a roommate myself, and it just sounded interesting. Back in 1990 Toby's dad gives him a big house for a wedding gift. The marriage doesn't last and he's stuck with this giant house. So he posts an ad and gets some roommates. 15 years later, one of the people living in the house dies and leaves everything to Toby along with a note telling him to take the money he left him, fix up the house and start living life. So Toby decide ...more
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so far ... an easy reader .. nice story line

I really enjoyed this book .. the storyline and characters kept me entertained and interested the whole time ... I actually read this book in 2 days! I really enjoyed the style of writing and chapters as each characters story was revealed.

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an easy reader with a nice storyline

and now come to think of it - i really related to the main character ... sometimes in life people are nice to others ... so much that the
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. I really enjoyed all of the characters and their troubled lives. It was interesting to see how it all came together in the end. Even though I only gave it 3 stars, the story was interesting enough to keep me up into the early morning hours to see what would happen next. There was an exceptional amount of swearing, but then it is a British I kind of expected that.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable "coming of age" story (though the character who does the growing up is nearly 40 years old). Toby is a delightful geek who has some social anxiety. He has a soft spot for people who are struggling in life, but that also means that he gets taken advantage of. Then Toby finally meets Leah, his neighbor from across the street who has been watching Toby and his housemates for the past three years. Leah convinces Toby to start living his life, and the book follows this transformation.
Aisyah Roslan
never thought i would enjoy this book so much but as soon as i read it, i couldn't put it down. the characters are real and totally relatable and as they go through the stages in their life, i felt like i wanna hug them so damn much, especially when things worked out for them in the end. i swear i got misty eyes towards the end. such a good, satisfying read.
Anna Fagg
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Was after something light-hearted and easy to read after my last book which was quite heavy going - this certainly fit the bill. I was really easy to pick up and put down - although kept me turning the page long past bed time many a night! Made me laugh out loud and brought a tear to my eye, thoroughly enjoyable easy reading!
Shani Struthers
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Lisa Jewell and certainly not my last. A very sweet story with a lovable 'hero' and 'heroine' and a very intestesting cast of housemates. Loved the pace it ambled along at. So good, I found myself delving into it inbetween cooking, brusthing teeth, feeding the cat etc!
Alexina Golding
3:5 stars for this as a fun red, with a great mix bag of character's. A clever way to have a book written full of characters and overlapping stories as well as their own back stories.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this; as always Lisa Jewell combines the mystical with great, fun charcters and a feel good factor.
Debra Wilkinson
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Easy to read and fun. Love Lisa's description of people, She really knows how to bring her characters alive.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, it'also a book I can read several times as, besides from being a good book, I think I will probably discover "hidden" gems each time.
Zeta Dina
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
prvo mi je bila.zbunjujuca sa svim tim.nizom likova i njihovim.zivotima ali kako se prica razvezivala postala mi je zanimljiva
preporucam je kao lagano i zanimljivo stivo
Amanda Egan
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book - some great characters.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* rounded up.

Toby is given an enormous house (with one sitting tenant) by his father as a wedding present. When his wife leaves him after only three weeks of marriage, he starts taking in lodgers. These lodgers are waifs and strays and don't pay much rent. Toby tries to write poetry and becomes a bit of a recluse. Fifteen years later the sitting tenant finally dies and Toby is thereby introduced to Leah, who lives over the road. Toby's father is also coming to visit for the first time and Tob
Mike B
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying the novels by Lisa Jewell. At this time, she's been able to completely blindside me with the conclusion of the novels I've read. I plan on reading through her publications to see if they can all keep me hooked and guessing. I'd recommend her to anyone that's into this genre..
Heather Copping
A nice easy read, you can look into people's life's, their loves, and laugh and cry with them. if you have ever wondered who lives in a house near you and their ups and downs of everyday life you will love this.
Lisa Van zyl-jones
Very enjoyable book. Fun characters, not too predictable, quite a page turner.
3.5 stars
Ayn Skyfighter
It was a light novel. I liked the scenario. The characters were well thought out. Although I feel like the story could have been made even better.
Wendy AV
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of favorite book of Lisa Jewell! A lot of moral lessons to learn!
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desde que lo vi me llamó la atención y quise leerlo; es una historia fuera de lo común, con personajes que no son los típicos protagonistas, que se pudieran clasificar como los marginados de la sociedad.

Me gustó bastante el hecho de que por lo menos hubieran 4 puntos de vista distribuidos en todos los capítulos (Leah, Toby, Ruby, Con), más sin embargo, eso produjo que notara ciertos huecos que quedan de los otros personajes. Me mantuvo con la intriga hasta el final la vida de Johanne y de verdad
Rebecca Trujillo Batty
Mar 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: SLCLS Reader's Choice
I debated on whether this book was to get 2 or 3 stars. Finally decided on 3 stars because I did like the storyline. What I didn't like was the swearing, excessive use of certain words and the talk about porn and sex. Not the normal descriptive stuff, but the talk of how much certain characters participated in these activities. Anyway, enough of the negative, I am one who almost always has to finish the book once I get started.

The main storyline in this book is about a guy named Toby. Toby story
A brilliant story wrapped entirely in the lives Of Leah Pilgrim and Toby Dobbs, a beautiful girl and a so-called 'freak-of-nature' respectfully. Toby and Leah are both attempting to overcome two problems, both completely unrelated to the other. The story follows their lives and shows you just how likely you are to find a companion (and sometimes more) in the most unlikely of people.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es ist ein sehr verschachteltes Buch.
Jedes Kapitel hat ca. 3 Seiten und wird abwechselnd von einem Bewohner erzählt, obwohl der Schreibstil in der er-Perspektive ist. Am Anfang kam ich da noch ein bisschen durcheinander, aber mit der Zeit habe ich mich daran gewöhnt.

Die Handlung ist sehr spannend. Man versinkt förmlich in dieses Buch und kommt auch nicht so schnell wieder raus.
Ich habe mich einige Male sehr aufgeregt, dass Toby so eine Memme ist und immer klein beigibt und sich nur nach Strich
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Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & ...more
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