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The Bluebird Cafe

By (author) Rebecca Smith

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John Vir owns a newsagent in Southampton - the only shop that still stocks packets of petrified celery soup, drosophila-studded fruit and boxes of henna. Lucy and Paul are his favourite customers - they live across the road above Snooke's Electrical Stores, soon to become the Bluebird Cafe. Stencilling blue doves below the picture rails and buying stripped-pine chairs from the Oxfam furniture store Lucy works in the newly opened cafe whilst Paul spends his time at the Badger Centre as a volunteer. Meanwhile John Vir thinks of little else but Lucy and invites her to the cash 'n' carry, hoping of course, that it will be a prelude to something more exciting, for them both ...

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 190g
  • 08 Apr 2002
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747557705
  • 9780747557708
  • 969,916

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Author Information

Rebecca Smith was born in London in 1966. She lives in Southampton and is working on her second novel.

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'Rebecca Smith has a quirky, off-beat view of life ... her freshness and zest are immensely appealing. She has plenty of good-humoured comedy up her sleeve, a grasp of dialogue and an eagle eye for the absurd' DAILY MAIL 'Smith makes an impressively convincing case for the argument that small is beautiful in this exquisitely and wittily observed portrait of homely ambition and the search for love' THE TIMES

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