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Learning To Swim

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Abigail Jex never expected to see any of the Radley household again, and thought that she'd banished the ghost of her life with them, and the catastrophe that ended it, but thirteen years later, a chance encounter forces her to acknowledge that the spell is far from broken.You never know what goes on behind closed doors, and never has this been more true than in the story of Abigail Jex (née Onions) and her memories of her childhood friend Frances Radley. And then it seemed slightly unbelievable that Abigail would have had so little luck in love between the ages of 18 and 31. I personaggi sono bizzarri e ci si affeziona velocemente, la storia molto originale e godibilissima. She is in awe of Frances' brother, Marcus (known only as Rad), and finds herself subsumed into the daily lives of the Radley family. In dramatic contrast to her own conventional family, the Radleys were extraordinary, captivating creatures transplanted from a bohemian corner of North London to outer suburbia, and the young Abigail found herself drawn into their magic circle: the eccentric Frances, her new best friend; Frances' mother, the liberated, headstrong Lexi; and of course the brilliant, beautiful Rad.

A light read, well written, but a somewhat unoriginal story - teenager drawn into the life of her school friend's eccentric family, with added romance and some family secrets, playing out over a couple of decades. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. I am so glad I did, I really enjoyed the story and the way events unfold from the perspective of Abigail, the main character. As well as a perceptive, witty look at the pretensions of suburbia, Learning to Swim is a quirky, moving story of friendship and love, peopled with irresistible, unforgettable characters who haunt the reader's mind after the book has ended.

I am delighted to see that Audible are going to release some of Clare Chambers' books (including this one) before the end of the month. Abigail Jex, a thirty-something cellist playing with a provincial orchestra, is surprised when, at a reception after one of her engagements, she meets Marcus Radley (Rad) - a face from her past and someone she has not seen for thirteen years. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

The characters live through the consequences of every random and deliberate decision they have made. Nothing is quite what eleven year old Abigail realised, and we watch as she slowly becomes aware of the shifting nature of her relationships. It's not all comedy though - Chambers very movingly depicts Abigail's progression to adulthood, and the eventual weakening of her friendship with Frances Radley. In dramatic contrast to her own conventional family, the Radley's were extraordinary, captivating creatures transplanted from a bohemian corner of North London to outer suburbia, and the young Abigail found herself drawn into their magic circle: the eccentric Frances, her new best friend; Frances' mother, the liberated, headstrong Lexi; and of course the brilliant, beautiful Rad. 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.If I don't give the book five stars, it's because I feel that at the end things became slightly rushed - the subplot with Abigail's half-sister wasn't really given enough space, and the final section, dealing with Abigail's adult life and her reunion (twenty or so years on) with Rad, Frances's brother, seemed over a bit to quickly - a pity, as there was some wonderful writing in this section. I thought the author did a good job of portraying the teenage Abigail's limited understanding of what exactly was going on in the family of her friend Frances, and I enjoyed everyone's assertion that Lexi was 'the normal one'. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. She has a talent for creating characters who are not only lifelike and eccentric, but immensely believable, and who have stayed with me long after I closed the book.

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