The Common Years
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The Common Years

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During the ten years she lived at the edge of Putney Common Jilly Cooper walked daily on this expanse of green. For most of the time she lived there she kept a diary, noting the effects of the changing seasons and writing about her encounters with dogs and humans. The book is a distillation of those diaries: an affectionate and enthralling portrait - warts and all - of life on Putney Common. Never has Jilly Cooper written more lyrically about flowers, trees, birds and the natural world; more tellingly about the sorrows - as well as the joys - of caring for dogs and children; or more outrageously about the gossip, illicit romances and jealousies of life in a small community.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 104 x 172 x 24mm | 158.76g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0552146633
  • 9780552146630
  • 242,056

Review quote

"Miss Cooper's life is a curiously endearing mixture of Joyce Grenfell and August Strindberg - endlessly gracious neighbourly occasions undercut and made bearable by a home life of wonderfully chaotic neurosis and catastrophes - highlighted by sudden and marvellous insights into neighbours and former friends" -- Sheridan Morley "An entrancing book" -- Lynda Lee-Potter * Daily Mail * "A brilliant and beloved book and absolutely unputdownable" -- Elizabeth Longford "So observant... a delightful book" -- Valerie Singleton * Daily Express *show more

About Jilly Cooper

Jilly Cooper is a well-known journalist, writer and media superstar.The author of many number one bestselling novels, including Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score!,Pandora, and Wicked!, she and her husband live in Gloucestershire. Jilly Cooper was appointed OBE in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List.show more

Back cover copy

During the ten years she lived at the edge of Putney Common Jilly Cooper walked daily on this expanse of green. For most of the time she lived there she kept a diary, noting the effects of the changing seasons and writing about her encounters with dogs and humans. The book is a distillation of those diaries: an affectionate and enthralling portrait - warts and all - of life on Putney Common. Never has Jilly Cooper written more lyrically about flowers, trees, birds and the natural world; more tellingly about the sorrows - as well as the joys - of caring for dogs and children; or more outrageously about the gossip, illicit romances and jealousies of life in a small community.show more

Review Text

"A brilliant and beloved book and absolutely unputdownable"show more

Rating details

120 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 34% (41)
4 38% (45)
3 22% (26)
2 7% (8)
1 0% (0)
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