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Small Pleasures

Clare Chambers

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
14 July 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Thriller & suspense; Romance; Historical fiction
'The 21st century heir to Jane Austen, Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor. SMALL PLEASURES is both gripping and a huge delight' Amanda Craig, author of THE LIE OF THE LAND 1957, south-east suburbs of London.

Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and - on the brink of forty - living a limited existence with her truculent mother: a small life from which there is no likelihood of escape.

When a young Swiss woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys: Gretchen is now a friend, and her quirky and charming daughter Margaret a sort of surrogate child. And Jean doesn't mean to fall in love with Gretchen's husband, Howard, but Howard surprises her with his dry wit, his intelligence and his kindness - and when she does fall, she falls hard.

But he is married, and to her friend - who is also the subject of the story she is researching for the newspaper, a story that increasingly seems to be causing dark ripples across all their lives. And yet Jean cannot bring herself to discard the chance of finally having a taste of happiness...

But there will be a price to pay, and it will be unbearable.
By:   Clare Chambers
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9781474613897
ISBN 10:   1474613896
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   14 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Clare Chamber's first job after reading English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford, was working for Diana Athill at Andre Deutsch. Clare's first novel UNCERTAIN TERMS was published by Diana at Andre Deutsch in 1992 and she is the author of five other novels. SMALL PLEASURES is her first work of fiction in ten years.

Reviews for Small Pleasures

Clare Chambers is that rare thing, a novelist of discreet hilarity, deep compassion and stiletto wit whose perspicacious account of suburban lives with their quiet desperation and unexpected passion makes her the 21st century heir to Jane Austen, Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor. Small Pleasures is both gripping and a huge delight. - Amanda Craig, author of THE LIE OF THE LAND Small Pleasures is a gorgeous treat of a novel: the premise is fascinating, the characters beautifully drawn, the period setting masterfully evoked, and the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns. And oh, the finale broke my heart. I just couldn't put this novel down. - Laura Barnett, #1 bestselling author of THE VERSIONS OF US A delicious mystery and a touching exploration of loneliness and desire in cloying 1950s suburbia. - Sally Magnusson, author of THE SEALWOMAN'S GIFT


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