Falling Short: The fresh, funny and life-affirming debut novel (Paperback)
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Falling Short: The fresh, funny and life-affirming debut novel (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 06/06/2019
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'Funny, engaging and beautifully written' M. L. Stedman

Sometimes getting it wrong is the only way to get it right . . .

Frances Pilgrim's father went missing when she was five, and ever since all sorts of things have been going astray: car keys, promotions, a series of underwhelming and unsuitable boyfriends . . . Now here she is, thirty-bloody-nine, teaching Shakespeare to rowdy sixth formers and still losing things.

But she has a much more pressing problem. Her mother, whose odd behaviour Frances has long put down to eccentricity, is slowly yielding to Alzheimer's, leaving Frances with some disturbing questions about her father's disappearance, and the family history she's always believed in. Frances could really do with someone to talk to. Ideally Jackson: fellow teacher, dedicated hedonist, erstwhile best friend. Only they haven't spoken since that night last summer when things got complicated . . .

As the new school year begins, and her mother's behaviour becomes more and more erratic, Frances realises that she might just have a chance to find something for once. But will it be what she's looking for?

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473669611
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 18 mm


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A remarkable book: warm, moving and very funny - Jess Kidd

Taking up the mantle of acute, humane observation from Muriel Spark, Falling Short is funny, engaging and beautifully written. A really refreshing read - M. L. Stedman

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“A well written easy holiday read.”

I was sent a copy of Falling Short by Lex Coulton to read and review by NetGalley.
This is a nicely written novel about love, family, friendship and of ‘falling short’. The characters are nicely fleshed out and you... More

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“Characters that resonate but no escapist reading here.”

The general theme of this book is one of self-reflection and loss. Francis at thirty-nine is dissatisfied with her life; things never work out. Still, tormented by her father's departure from her life at age five... More

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“Falling short”

Falling Short was really rather depressing. Frances Pilgrim has had a crappy childhood with a joyless mother. At 39, she lives in a studio flat and talks to herself a lot. Her bed is covered in dog hairs. She has a... More

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