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Learning To Swim

Learning To Swim

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A lovely, often very funny story about a girl cursed with an embarassing surname (Onions) and unhappy parents with a deeply suburban life style, who finds an escape from home by her friendship with the wildly bohemian Radley family. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. And I found it strange that she started spending all her time with the Radleys, not to mention the fact that she never spoke to Abigail again after she was broken-hearted and instead started going out with Rad all by herself. The focus really is on Abigail's shifting relationship to those around her, and though the plot was a little rushed towards the end it had a hopeful quality to it that I found quite endearing.

In fact after I finished reading I was prompted to turn back to the beginning and examine the first 60 or so pages to make all the connections.

In 1999, her novel Learning to Swim won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.

Apart from that small quibble, I really enjoyed this warm and entertaining novel (which I have had on one of my bookcases for years) and found it worked particularly well as a satisfying and undemanding holiday read. As in life, the events in her books are at once comical ,endearing , brutally realistic and often tinged with some tragedy . Clare’s writing makes me feel like I am there as the character, and therefore invested in what happens. Added to that the story features many ideas that she's used in other novels, an unusual family, an affair, a long lost lover etc. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.I enjoyed it, although I found it rather long and it had what would now probably be described as a bit of a YA feel to it. I was surprised when I found out this book had originally been published in 1998 as it felt like it could have been written this year - always the sign of a good read! Some of the experiences of working for an eccentric, independent publisher in the pre-digital era found their way into her novel The Editor's Wife (Century, 2007). Was concerned my second experience with “Learning to Swim “ would not be as satisfying , but it too earned five stars .

What a carefully constructed and powerfully balanced novel this is: at the end I was descending the same steps I had walked up at the start. Always sad when I come to the end of one of Clare’s books but luckily this time I have another ready to read (In a Good Light).

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. A pointless tragedy and exile to Australia dealt with two of them, while the others managed happy endings. A great read - I really enjoyed the witty, sardonic voice and found the characters rounded and likeable too.



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