We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 19/06/2014
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
A wonderful novel about childhood and humanity
I didn't know much about this book before I started reading it, save for the blurb and the vast amounts of rave reviews, both from the media and from frien... READ MORE
Jenn Morgans
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We are all Completely beside Ourselves
When I first started reading this book I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it, but slowly I started to really like it.
It's a great little story abou... READ MORE
Denise at Bromley
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Not for me.
**Spoiler alert**

I came across this title when a customer asked for "a story about a girl who thinks she has a twin sister but turns out it's a c... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Explores the reliability and ever-changing status of our memory…
“What if you grew up to realise that your father had used your childhood as an experiment?” ‘We are all Completely Beside Ourselves’ explores this throu... READ MORE
Gemma Dudley

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice. It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you're telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern - it's pretty hard to resist - don't worry. One of the few studies Rosemary doesn't quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781846689666
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 281g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Disappointing
I'm in the minority of reviewers here, because I didn't enjoy this book at all. It was disappointing with little point to it. There wasn't a middle high ... READ MORE
Pamela J W-H
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Good read?
This book was recommended to me and while it's well written I have to say that it wasn't my idea of a good read, I prefer thrillers,mystery types.
patricia kerrigan
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Mostly political correct
Fowler’s novel is written well, the chosen structure which reveals the truth step by step is clever. Rosemary is a nice person and as a reader I felt for h... READ MORE
Books and Liliane
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Masterful. A must read!
There is very little that can be said about this book without saying too much. I’ll be the bookseller who presses this into your hands and then physically ... READ MORE
Leilah at Doncaster
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Interesting story
When I first started to read this I wasnt sure if I would like it but then I started to get into it. It has a twist in the middle, which made me want to re... READ MORE
Lou1989
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Unusual and thought provoking
Unusual because of the subject matter but also the main character who narrates in a slightly erratic but compelling manner. The twist in the tale was only ... READ MORE
Ladyreadalot
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Unusual and thought provoking
Unusual because of the subject matter but also the main character who narrates in a slightly erratic but compelling manner. The twist in the tale was only ... READ MORE
Ladyreadalot
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
A good read and a great twist
I kind of feel like I should have enjoyed this more, particularly given the reviews it has gotten, but it didn't quite hit the spot for me. I enjoyed the ... READ MORE
Ecowitch
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Fantastic
I was one of those who didn't see the twist in this novel coming at all, and I can still remember my thrill at discovering the truth about Rosemary's elder... READ MORE
Hannah Temby, Bloomsbury
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Impressive, but not for me
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a very well loved book. At the mention of it, many readers I know get a look of happy adoration. Alternatively, t... READ MORE
Marianne Dugdale
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Couldn't finish
I feel bad about writing bad reviews as I feel like people want to always talk about the bad and not the good, and I know how hard authors work to create g... READ MORE
Adam Brindley