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    Small Pleasures: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

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    ISBN: 9781474613903
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    AuthorChambers, Clare
    Pub Date29/04/2021
    Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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    A novel of unexpected second chances set in 1950s England.


    'A WORD-OF-MOUTH HIT' Evening Standard

    'A very fine book... It's witty and sharp and reads like something by Barbara Pym or Anita Brookner, without ever feeling like a pastiche'
    David Nicholls

    India Knight

    Jessie Burton

    Richard Osman

    Tracy Chevalier

    'A wonderful novel. I loved it'
    Nina Stibbe

    'Effortless to read, but every sentence lingers in the mind'
    Lissa Evans

    'This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I honestly don't want you to be without it'
    Lucy Mangan

    'Gorgeous... If you're looking for something escapist and bittersweet, I could not recommend more'
    Pandora Sykes

    'Remarkable... Small Pleasures is no small pleasure'
    The Times

    'An irresistible novel - wry, perceptive and quietly devastating'
    Mail on Sunday

    'Chambers' eye for undemonstrative details achieves a Larkin-esque lucidity'

    'An almost flawlessly written tale of genuine, grown-up romantic anguish'
    The Sunday Times

    1957, the suburbs of South East London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on a local paper, trapped in a life of duty and disappointment from which there is no likelihood of escape.

    When a young 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.

    As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean is suddenly given an unexpected chance at friendship, love and - possibly - happiness.

    But there will, inevitably, be a price to pay.

    Book of the Year for: The Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily Express, Metro, Spectator, Red Magazine and Good Housekeeping