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Other People's Children

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For eight-year-old Rufus, life has become complicated. His parents, Josie and Tom, have divorced and are setting off on separate paths. But now, other people have had to become involved, like his mother's new husband Matthew and his father's new friend Elizabeth. What's even worse is that there are other children too, Matthew's three teenagers, who have been conditioned by their mother Nadine to hate his mother Josie. Matthew's children come to their father for weekends and make it clear how much they loathe Josie. Rufus secretly prefers to be with his father, in his peaceful flat in Bath, where he realises that he doesn't actually hate the idea of a stepmother, if she is peaceful and sane like Elizabeth. But where other people's children are concerned, neat solutions seldom occur ...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552997889
  • 9780552997881
  • 181,487

Review quote

"This compelling, and at times heart-rending, novel is Trollope at her very best" Ideal Home "A gripping read - as shrewdly observant of psychological and domestic detail as anything she has written" Daily Telegraph "Wonderfully and compulsively readable... She can be as subtle as Austen, as sharp as Bronte. Trollope's brilliant" Mail on Sunday "Trollope has shown herself capable of such emotional depth, that although you turn the pages quickly, it is with trembling fingers" The Timesshow more

About Joanna Trollope

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.show more

Review Text

This novel explores the myths and realities of a fairly new but increasing phenomenon: multiple families - second and third spouses and their assorted children; step-parents, step-siblings (even step-pets), and the people (not always blameless) they leave behind. A strongly written study of a social evolution already leaving scars - and prognosticating lifelong neuroses. (Kirkus UK)show more

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'She can be as subtle as Austen, as shape as Brontë. Trollope's brilliant' Mail on Sunday For eight-year-old Rufus, life has become complicated. His parents, Josie and Tom, have divorced and are setting off on separate paths. But now, other people have had to become involved - like his mother's new husband Matthew and his father's new friend Elizabeth. What's even worse is that there are the other children too - Matthew's three teenagers, who have been conditioned by their mother Nadine to hate his mother Josie. Matthew's children come to their father for weekends and make it clear how much they loathe their new stepmother. Rufus secretly prefers to be with his father, in his peaceful flat in Bath, where he realizes that he doesn't actually hate the idea of a stepmother if she is like Elizabeth, sane and friendly and welcoming. But where other people's children are concerned, neat solutions seldom occur... 'A gripping read - as shrewdly observant of psychological and domestic detail as anything she has written' Daily Telegraph 'Trollope has shown herself capable of such emotional depth, that although you turn the pages quickly, it is with trembling fingers' The Timesshow more

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1,628 ratings
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4 40% (654)
3 34% (558)
2 7% (107)
1 2% (25)
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