The Best of Friends

The Best of Friends

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By (author) Joanna Trollope

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552996432
  • ISBN 13: 9780552996433
  • Sales rank: 119,230

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Gina and Laurence have been the best of friends ever since they were teenagers. They have never been in love - just friends. Now, Gina is married to the exquisitely tasteful Fergus and lives in stylish perfection at High Place. Laurence is married to down-to-earth Hilary and lives in the Bee House, a home and hotel. Then, with elegant disdain, Fergus announces that he is leaving Gina and their teenage daughter. As Gina's misery ricochets through the two homes, she turns for emotional support to Laurence, her dearest friend. And as Laurence gives comfort, so his own marriage and the stability of his children edges towards destruction ...

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Joanna Trollope is the author of eagerly awaited and sparklingly readable novels often centred around the domestic nuaunces and dilemmas of life in present-day England. She has also written a number of historical novels and Britannia's Daughters, a study of women in the British Empire. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

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"Trollope at her best" Spectator "Undeniably warmhearted and socially topical...above all a novel filled with good advice" Observer "Truly, I couldn't put it down. I'm telling you, Trollope is a significant chronicler" Daily Mail "Trollope has a keen ear for the yelps of distress, as lives are sliced in half by shabby betrayal... A book that is as enjoyable as it is thoughtful" The Times "Trollope's bleakest and most satisfying work to date" The Sunday Times

Editorial reviews

From the British writer who specializes in domestic tales with an edge (A Spanish Lover, 1997, etc.), a wonderfully calibrated story of an old high-school friendship that in middle age turns suddenly treacherous and destructive. Trollope is one of those rare writers who creates fully human characters living in recognizable worlds doing regular jobs and suffering all the bitter disappointments that flesh is heir to. Gina, whose mother Vi - a character with her own fierce passions - was abandoned by the American soldier who got her pregnant, became friends with Laurence in high school in the small English town where they both lived. And even after she marries Fergus, and after Laurence marries Hilary, they remain splendidly close. Gina's teenaged daughter Sophy and Laurence's three sons are also good friends. And so when Fergus moves out of the beautiful home he and Gina have created, announcing that their marriage is over, he sets in motion events that almost destroy not only his own family but Laurence's as well. A distraught Gina turns to Laurence for consolation, and Laurence, who has been feeling overwhelmed by work and family - he runs a hotel and restaurant - ardently responds. Divorces are planned. An anxious Vi, whose dear friend Dan dies in the midst of it all, watches from the side. Sophy runs off to Fergus, who, though not gay, is living with a man who loves him; and Sophy quickly realizes that life with Dad is no solution either. Laurence's boys are equally upset, but, when Hilary decides to fight for Laurence, good sense and solid affections prevail, albeit not without compromise and unexpected change. A wise and sympathetic take on the strains and strengths that friendship provokes, by a writer who seldom strikes a wrong note. A moving, convincing, satisfying novel. (Kirkus Reviews)