Small Pleasures

Small Pleasures

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 29/04/2021
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Small Pleasures
Gentle but poignant
Set in the suburbs of London in the 1950s, the story follows Jean, a journalist as she investigates a story from a young mother, Gretchen, who claims her d... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Small Pleasures
A 'sensational' story told with thoughtfulness and geniality makes for a likeable read that unravels to great surprises. Personally I hoped for... READ MORE
Suzanne Mwamba


Winner of The British Book Awards 2022 Pageturner Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

1957, the suburbs of South East London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on a local paper, trapped in a life of duty and disappointment from which there is no likelihood of escape.

When a young 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.

As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean is suddenly given an unexpected chance at friendship, love and - possibly - happiness.

But there will, inevitably, be a price to pay.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474613903
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm

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Small Pleasures
A warms and affecting novel set in SOUTH EAST ENGLAND
This novel has been highlighted all over Social Media (which is a great place to find top reads, by the way!) and it is a beautifully set story that really... READ MORE
Small Pleasures
Beautifully written
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers is a beautifully written fictional story of ordinary people, who lead ordinary lives until unusual circumstances change t... READ MORE
Wendy Williams
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Small Pleasures
Between her job at the local paper, and home life looking after her elderly mother, Jean, an almost 40 year old journalist, is living a life of monotony un... READ MORE
Katie Walters
Small Pleasures
Sweet and simple
First of all, the cover is extremely gorgeous. The story itself is short and sweet, the sort of thing you can get through within a day. I wasn't blown away... READ MORE
Anna B
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Hayley’s review of Small Pleasures
All in all an enjoyable book and I really felt like I connected to the characters especially with Jean. I had all sorts of emotions through it from laughte... READ MORE
Hayley Ferrier
Small Pleasures
Very Quaint & Enjoyable
This is the first book of this kind I ever read and I was initially unsure if I would enjoy it but it really doesn’t fall short in it’s reviews! ✨ I really... READ MORE
Shannon McQuade
Small Pleasures
Interesting read
This is beautifully written - a slow burn but interesting and satisfying story.
Philippa Hendy
Small Pleasures
Pure Pleasure
I absolutely loved this book from the very start. It builds a picture of Jean's humdrum life , heavily punctuated with looking after her needy, elderly mot... READ MORE
Lisa Morgan-Anstee