- Publisher: DOUBLEDAY
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 145mm x 231mm x 28mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 March 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 085752108X
- ISBN 13: 9780857521088
- Sales rank: 33,479
Susie Moran is a success. She has founded and run her own highly profitable company, and now her three daughters are all involved in the business. Rooted in the traditions of the Stoke-on-Trent potteries, and producing charming, useable objects of distinctive design, Susie is justly proud of her family and her achievement - and has no intention of letting it change. But what of the men in the family? Susie's husband, a musician and artist, has always seemed happy to take a back seat. One of her sons-in-law has few ambitions outside the home. Another daughter, though, has brought her husband into the company - and they want to change things, much to Susie's distress. And then, into the mix arrives Susie's father, an ageing hippy who abandoned Susie as a baby. Now he's alone, and wants to build bridges, although Susie's daughters are outraged at the idea. Can the needs of a family business override the needs of the family itself? In wanting to preserve her business, will Susie lose something much more precious?
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Joanna Trollope is the author of many highly acclaimed bestselling novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters, as well as a number of historical novels. Born in Gloucesterhire, she now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Visit her website at www.joannatrollope.com
By Go Book Yourself 27 Feb 2014
A review copy was provided by Gill Hess and Transworld in return for an honest review:
Release Date: 27/02/2014
Balancing act is a book that shows why you should never ever work with your family or close friends!
Susie Sullivan was abandoned as a baby and raised by her grandparents. Despite an unconventional up bringing she has grown to become a successful business woman
She is not only the name behind Susie Sullivan pottery. She is the life blood, the driving force behind the company that she started from the ground up. Susie Sullivan is now a household name. Her pottery is sitting in homes across the world. Life seems to be idyllic until her long lost father shows up
His arrival seems to trigger a shift in Susie's world. All of a sudden her daughters are not happy with playing second fiddle in a business they work hard for. Her husband is feeling estranged from her. They rarely spend time in the house together. He gets more attention from the parrot for gods sake!
While I understood Susie's love her company I found myself frustrated with her controlling behaviour. Her inability to let go blinds her to opportunities to grow the business even further. She is so focused on keeping the business the same at it's heart that she alienates those who should be closest to that heart, her family.
Although the book lacked suspense and was fairly slow paced It was certainly a comforting read. Perfect with a coffee on a rainy evening after a long days work.
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"Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy, and the outcomes of this terrific novel are always believable as they are surprising. To be relished." The Times "Trollope is an extremely assured writer, with a brilliant eye for detail and a finely tuned emotional intelligence ... she writes absorbing, wise stories that dramatise the dilemmas we face. In Balancing Act, she has done it again." Sunday Times "Joanna Trollope, whose evocations of human relationships are as ever penetrating and engaging." Daily Express "With her compassion for her characters, Trollope cuts to the quick of family life, and the difference between men and women. I loved it." -- Fanny Blake Woman & Home, Jan 14 "Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope." Good Housekeeping