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Lovers and Newcomers

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  475 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
From the bestselling author of Iris and Ruby comes a novel in which a group of old friends reunite to start a new stage of their lives.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-authors
Six college friends reunite in their 60s to live together on the same property. It sounds like a great premise for a story - can friendships be re-ignited after people have lived totally different lives for many years? Once I got all of the characters figured out, I really started to enjoy this book. I think that it's a book that will be most enjoyed by readers the same age as the characters because many of the topics focus on ageing, health and the struggles in long term marriages. Younger rea ...more
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've loved Rosie Thomas before but I could simply not see the point of this book. The writing is OK, but the characters were just not there for me and neither was the story. I found it hard to finish. I persevered, hoping that it would get better, but quite frankly, I don't know why I bothered. I am deeply disappointed about this book as I expected it to be so much better
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
magyarul ("Szeretők és érkezők"). Egyszer olvasós könyv. Amitől mégis emlékezetes marad, hogy ez az első regény, amit a "How to read a novel?" című online kurzus után olvastam - sokkal tudatosabban, mint előtte. Felkaptam a fejem, meg-megálltam, amikor valami olyasmiről volt szó, ami a tanfolyam anyagaiban megjelent. Most még inkább látom, mennyire elszúrt a magyar "irodalomtanítás"! Irodalomtörténetet tanítanak, ahelyett, hogy arra vezetnék rá a diákokat, hogyan HOGYAN! lehet a regény szövegéve ...more
This book was easy and quick to read but I didn't get much out of it. The blurb sells it as 6 friends who were wild in the 60s reunite in their 60s - sounds interesting, but that isn't really what this book was about. The worst thing was the characters - I still don't actually know who the '6' were and I was very confused about who was who. They were all very interchangable and inadequately characterised - I couldn't keep track of who was who and there were several characters who seemed to have ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit sad and rather depressing. It focused on a group of friends who were nearing their sixties, trying to re-establish the bonds of their student days. As their children had flown the nest, relationships fell apart and human failings became evident. I found the younger characters much more interesting and intelligent than their older counterparts and didn't really buy into the concept of Mead as a retirement haven.
Can old friends come together again and relive the past. As someone said those of an older age could relate to this story. It was sad to realize that the characters were afraid to grow old. Because of this, their lives were turned upside down. You can't relive the past and you can't slow down the future.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Every character seemed too self absorbed. Could not relate to any of them. First book I've read by this author.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It isn't until you come to live in each other's pockets that you start to see all the cracks."
"Husbands, marriages, children, lovers, all these came and went. What you were left with was friends."

Miranda lives in her late husband Jack's family home in the English countryside. She invites her closest friends from university to come to live on the estate. Selwyn and Polly will renovate the barn and live in it. Amos and Katherine will built a brand new, modern house. Colin, whose partner Stephen
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant, but not overly absorbing 3 1/2 star book, that I'm bumping up mostly out of goodwill, and for the lovely cover, which in my edition was of an English country house.

Six British friends from university days in the 1960s make plans in their late middle age to live together somewhat commune style on the country estate land of one in their group. This leads to complications, romantic and otherwise, and much drama ensues.

It took me quite awhile to finish this novel, and it was easy enough
E M S Birney
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just did not gel with this book, substandard from Rosie and I've read nearly all of hers.
Didn't really care about the 6 characters and there were no real exploits from their youth that mattered at all to the book. The Iron age archaeology sub story was neither her nor there and just seemed to conclude so quickly at the end. Seems it might have been a fill in book for the author to write at the request of publisher?
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Janey King, née Morris was born on 1947 in Denbigh, Wales, and also grew up in North Wales. She read English at Oxford, and after a spell in journalism and publishing began writing fiction after the birth of her first child. Published since 1982 as Rosie Thomas, she has written fourteen best-selling novels, deal with the common themes of love and loss. She is one of only a few authors to have won ...more
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