'The 21st century heir to Jane Austen, Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor. SMALL PLEASURES is both gripping and a huge delight' Amanda Craig, author of THE LIE OF THE LAND1957, 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.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 9 Jul 2020
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.2(H) x 15.2(L) x 3.2(W)
Weight (gm): 420
Both an absorbing mystery and a tender love story - and the ending is devastating. Chambers is a writer who finds the truth in things
. - The Bookseller, Book of the Month
Clare Chambers is that rare thing, a novelist of discreet hilarity, deep compassion and stiletto wit... Small Pleasures
is both gripping and a huge delight
. - Amanda Craig, author of THE LIE OF THE LANDI adored Small Pleasures
. It's engrossing and gripping: you want to race on and relish every sentence at the same time
. - Sabine Durrant, author of LIE WITH MESmall Pleasures
is a tender
tale that will draw you in from the first page and keep you gripped until the very end
. Exquisitely compelling! - Ruth Hogan, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS
Clare Chamber's first job after reading English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford, was working for Diana Athill at Andre Deutsch. Clare's first novel UNCERTAIN TERMS was published by Diana at Andre Deutsch in 1992 and she is the author of five other novels.
SMALL PLEASURES, her first work of fiction in ten years, became a word-of-mouth hit on publication and was selected for BBC 2's 'Between the Covers' book club.