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Small pleasures / Clare Chambers.

By: Chambers, ClareMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: London, England : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2020Description: 346 pages : illustration ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1474613896; 9781474613897; 9781474613880; 1474613888Subject(s): 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 -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. Additional physical formats: ebook version :: No titleDDC classification: 823.92 Summary: "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. "-- Publisher.
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"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. "-- Publisher.

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