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Rachel Joyce is an author who was born in London in 1962. She started her career writing plays for the BBC Radio Four. She was part of the duo that won the 2007 Tinnis wood Award for "To Be A Pilgrim". She was longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize with her debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of vis mere Harold Fry. She later won the New Writer of the Year Award in 2012 from the National Book Awards for this same title. Her other works include: Perfect, The Love Song of Miss. Queenie Hennessy, A Snow Garden and Other Stories and The Music Shop. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Rachel Joyce

Harold Frys usandsynlige pilgrimsfærd (2012) 5,183 eksemplarer
The Music Shop (2018) 914 eksemplarer
To sekunder i Byron Hemmings' liv (2014) 901 eksemplarer
Miss Benson's Beetle (2020) 882 eksemplarer
A Snow Garden and Other Stories (2015) 79 eksemplarer
A Faraway Smell of Lemon (2013) 50 eksemplarer
Jane Eyre: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation (2016) — Forfatter — 10 eksemplarer

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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. To me it seemed perfectly formed! In 1972 we meet teenage Byron, who lives with his mother Diana and younger sister. His father comes home at weekends and rings at the same time every morning to check on Diana. Their lives seem to be idyllic on one level and filled with anxiety and tension on another. Their large house has a flourishing garden that Diana takes care of and it sits on the edge of the moor. Byron attends a private school and his best friend is James. Diana drives the children to school in a shiny Jaguar. The events of the summer begin with James telling Byron that 2 seconds are to be added to the year to re-set time and this issue churns around in Byron's mind, leading to an accident that changes everything. Diana is lonely, she doesn't appear to fit in with the mothers of other children at the school. Due to an incident she meets Beverley from the estate and they appear to get along well, Beverley and sometimes her daughter, visiting most days during the summer holidays. These chapters are alternated with the story of Jim in the 21st century, who following care in the community, has had to leave his long-term home in a mental health hospital and now lives in a campervan and cleans tables in a supermarket cafe. Jim is in his 50s and struggles with severe OCD and a stammer. An accident changes his life too and slowly and perfectly the two stories are revealed and the truth emerges.… (mere)
CarolKub | 77 andre anmeldelser | Dec 3, 2023 |
Abandoned after 45% read.

I just didn't care about the characters or the plot.

There was a fair amount of profanity, including Christ used as an exclamation.

One of the characters frequently uses her body to get what she wants from others.
RachelRachelRachel | 69 andre anmeldelser | Nov 21, 2023 |
Cute and absurdist. Its got good structure but I never really bought into the premise nor liked the characters enough to be invested.
fionaanne | 69 andre anmeldelser | Nov 11, 2023 |
A love story, about music, friendship and kindness.

Frank runs a record shop and refuses to sell anything other than vinyl. He listens to people and finds music that touches them. He is part of a small community threatened by modernisation, struggling to stay connected and relevant in a changing world.

The cast of characters is good, Kit the young man who has a tendency to break everything he handles, Father Anthony and his religious artifacts shop, Maud and her tattoo parlour, the Williams' brothers and their funeral home, Pete the barman of England's Glory all connected by Unity Street.

This is a light, easy read, a bit laboured and predictable at times, but there was enough of a story reveal to keep me interested.
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Matacabras | 79 andre anmeldelser | Nov 9, 2023 |



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