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Small Pleasures

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 09/07/2020
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Small Pleasures
Unexpected second chances and secrets...
If you haven’t read anything by Clare Chambers, “Small Pleasures “ is the one to start with. I absolutely adored this book, everything from the characters... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Small Pleasures
1957, the suburbs of London.
Jean is a writer for a local paper, disappointed in love and on the brink of forty, living a limited existence with her truculent mother. When a Swiss woma... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
Small Pleasures
So, so wonderful
Nothing quite prepare you for this gentle, nostalgic wonder. This is such an unusual story, from the first page you are captivated by the subject matter. j... READ MORE
Kurde @Horsham
Small Pleasures
An author that everyone should discover
I first discovered Clare Chamber's work when I picked up a copy of In A Good Light in a second hand bookshop. I adored it, and years later it is still one ... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster

Synopsis

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Pageturner Book of the Year Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 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. 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 she investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys: Gretchen herself, her husband Howard - with his dry wit and gentle disposition - and her charming daughter Margaret. But they are the subject of the story Jean 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.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474613880
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 564g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 34 mm

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Small Pleasures
An absolute delight
I've read several of Clare Chambers' previous books and loved them. I've been hoping for a new book for some years and at last here it is! Small Pleasures ... READ MORE
Nicola
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Excellent!
I really enjoyed this and found the focus on this was done so precisely. The main narrative was twisty and turny and this had a fantastic element that was ... READ MORE
beth younge
Small Pleasures
5 stars!
I have heard a lot of praise for this book and was intrigued by the subject - an investigation of the possible "virgin birth" by Jean Swinney, a newspaper ... READ MORE
Dabarai
Small Pleasures
A beautiful book, a moving story.
Jean Swinney, works for the North Kent Echo in 1957. She investigates a possible virgin birth by a resident of Sidcup. This is just like a detective sto... READ MORE
David Singerman
Small Pleasures
Gentle and gorgeous
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy and to everyone who constantly recommended that I should read this. I would say this was a very gentle and... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Small Pleasures
5 stars!
I have heard a lot of praise for this book and was intrigued by the subject - an investigation of the possible "virgin birth" by Jean Swinney, a newspaper ... READ MORE
Dabarai
Small Pleasures
My first Clare Chambers book.
I bought the book because a) it had a good review in a Sunday Supplement and b) it was partly based in a part of Kent where I had lived. I loved the book ... READ MORE
Ann Harvey
Small Pleasures
A lovely spellbinding book
This is a book with a difference but I won’t spoil it for you. It touches on feelings and every day occurrences which we all have. I loved every page and d... READ MORE
Wendy Young
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Beautiful Read
With thanks to Netgalley and Orion Books for a digital copy of Small Pleasures. I have read and enjoyed Claire Chambers’ previous works and was delighted t... READ MORE
Sally  Hughes
Small Pleasures
A perfect balance of character and plot
Already a huge fan of the work of Clare Chambers I was eager to read 'Small Pleasures', her first novel for nine years. By coincidence I had recently read ... READ MORE
Jacqueline Lovstrom
Small Pleasures
A nostalgic romance with twists
The story is set in the late 1950s focussing on Jean, a single middle-aged journalist, who lives with her mother. She receives a letter from a woman, Gretc... READ MORE
Daren Kearl