Living In Perhaps

Living In Perhaps

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Carol has always resented her family - her mother, endlessly knitting, her father and his obsession with next door's encroaching garden hedge, and her brother, ever silent and scheming. So when she is invited to meet the vibrant, bohemian family next door in their messy house full of books and paintings and empty of rules, Carol soon begins a secret double life over the much-hated garden hedge. Here Carol voices her greatest fantasy and tells her first major lie...that she is adopted. But on her 16th birthday Carol receives the shock of her life when her wish comes true. And as, years later, Carol frenetically narrates her story from a psychiatric unit, we realise how it affected her and those around her in the darkest of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 27mm | 320g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552775010
  • 9780552775014

About Julia Widdows

Julia Widdows was born in London and now lives in Brighton. She is an award-winning short story writer, and has run groups using writing as a therapeutic tool. Julia is married with two more

Review quote

"An enthralling collection of characters who quickly draw you right into their sinister world. An absolute gem, I couldn't put it down" -- Kate Long, author of The Bad Mother's Handbook "Day-dreamy Carol, the wryly funny and acerbically observant narrator, teasingly reveals her story . . . in this smart, sad and funny debut" * Daily Mail * "A dark, witty and heart breaking novel where fantasy and reality collide with devastating consequences" * (5 stars) *show more

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"A dark, witty and heart breaking novel where fantasy and reality collide with devastating consequences"show more

Back cover copy

Cora Eileen. Such an ugly name. I can't believe it's mine... She sounds like the type who'd be guilty. Who dunnit. As she tells us her story from a psychiatric unit - the story she's wickedly withholding from her therapist - eighteen-year-old Cora reveals the repercussions of a conventional childhood gone terribly wrong... It's 1964 and Cora doesn't yet know that's her real name. She's just plain Carol, a lonely, daydreaming child ignored by prim parents who spend their days obsessing about appearances and the neighbours' unruly garden hedge. But when the girl next door invites Carol into her exuberant home, empty of rules and filled with all manner of temptation, she begins a secret double life on the far side of the much-hated shrubbery. And here Carol tells a lie that will haunt her more

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28 ratings
2.82 out of 5 stars
5 11% (3)
4 18% (5)
3 32% (9)
2 21% (6)
1 18% (5)
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