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Small pleasures /

Chambers, Clare.

Small pleasures / Clare Chambers. - 346 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

"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. "--

1474613896 9781474613897 9781474613880 1474613888

GBC051412 bnb

019765934 Uk


Women journalists--Fiction.
Female friendship--Fiction.
Mothers and daughters--Fiction.
Miracles--Fiction.
Man-woman relationships--Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)--Fiction.


London (England)--History--20th century--Fiction.


Historical fiction.

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