©2006 Pauline Mclynn; Audible, Inc.
This is beautifully read by Francis Barber. Her reading of Colin in particular - an outgageous gay from Belfast - is a joy to listen to.
The book starts with rather a lot of characters being introduced, and I worried that I was going to get them muddled - was Lucy the runaway wife actually Laura, someone else's runway wife? You can't flip back a few pages so easily in an audiobook to find something you'd missed, but it all settled down and I had no trouble remembering who was who.
The core of the book is a terrible tragedy (I won't say what as you need to be led into it), but there is also marital betrayal, annorexia, friendship... I liked that she didn't settle for tying all the ends up neatly at the end - life ain't like that!
In summary - a good story, sad in places, laugh out loud in places, brilliantly read (oh for a voice like Ms Barber's), and easily held the attention. Well worth the purchase.
I've bought the paper book, but know I will enjoy reading it far more now I've heard it - and as someone reviewing the book on Amazon said, I'd love to see the pictures.
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