Growing Up for Beginners (Paperback)Claire Calman (author)
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'A beautiful book, so compassionate... and ultimately very hopeful. I enjoyed it hugely.' Marian Keyes'A clever, bittersweet, uplifting novel' Sophie Kinsella
'Writing with proper heart' Rachel JoyceIt's not easy being a grown-up, but Eleanor hoped she'd be better at it by now...
When Eleanor waves her daughter off for a gap-year trip, she finds herself stuck as a satellite wife, spinning in faithful orbit around her domineering husband, with only her clever but judgmental father Conrad for comfort.
Andrew isn't mastering the art of growing up either. But when he finds his belongings dumped in bin bags on the drive, even he can see that his girlfriend is hinting he should move out. With no other options, he moves back in with his parents.
Backing onto their garden lives artist Cecilia, living in chaotic clutter and dreaming of her ex-lovers, still acting like a stroppy teenager at the age of 66.
Four lives are drawn together by long-buried secrets of the past, and it is time for them all to grow up... before it's too late.
What readers are saying about Growing Up for Beginners:
'The characterisation is brilliant, and the astute storytelling, punctuated by stiletto-sharp wit, produces an effervescent and spirit-lifting story.' Sunday Mirror
'A poignant and beautifully articulated tale of love and loss, memory and forgetting, grief and guilt, new love and letting go. I was engrossed, often tearful, and finally, uplifted.' Isobel Wolff
'Simply wonderful. I was totally enchanted, devoured it in a day, and have been raving about it ever since.' Fiona Walker
Publisher: Boldwood Books Ltd
Number of pages: 350
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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“An emotional read”
I absolutely love to discover new authors and Claire Calman is certainly a new author for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Growing Up For Beginners' but more about that in a bit.
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This is a very perceptive look at life for well established adults who are still finding their way in life whether it’s due to moving back with their parents after the end of a relationship, dealing with an empty nest... More
“Engaging & Enticing!”
Oooh, this is so good! Engaging and enticing, I really enjoyed it.
With four characters to follow, there is always plenty to keep the reader going with this one. Four very different people, in varying stages of their... More
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