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Balancing Act - Joanna Trollope

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Published: 3rd March 2014
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The new novel from this ever-popular, bestselling author

Susie Moran is a success . She has founded and run her own highly profitable company , and now her three daughters are all involved in the business. Rooted in the traditions of the Stoke-on-Trent potteries, and producing charming, useable objects of distinctive design, Susie is justly proud of her family and her achievement – and has no intention of letting it change.

But what of the men in the family? Susie's husband, a musician and artist, has always seemed happy to take a back seat. One of her sons-in-law has few ambitions outside the home. Another daughter, though, has brought her husband into the company - and they want to change things, much to Susie's distress.

And then, into the mix arrives Susie's father, an ageing hippy who abandoned Susie as a baby. Now he's alone, and wants to build bridges , although Susie's daughters are outraged at the idea. Can the needs of a family business override the needs of the family itself? In wanting to preserve her business, will Susie lose something much more precious?

About the Author

Joanna Trollope is the author of seventeen highly acclaimed bestselling novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters, as well as a number of historical novels. Born in Gloucestershire, she now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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Another one from a great story teller

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Pros

  • Contemporary Dilemmas
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Middle-age readers
    • Older Readers
    • Women

    Comments about Balancing Act:

    Joanna Trollope is an author who can be re-read at different ages and stages of life, gaining different insights each time. Contemporary issues in family relationships are so well portrayed.

    Comment on this review

    "Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy, and the outcomes of this terrific novel are always believable as they are surprising. To be relished." The Times "Trollope is an extremely assured writer, with a brilliant eye for detail and a finely tuned emotional intelligence ... she writes absorbing, wise stories that dramatise the dilemmas we face. In Balancing Act, she has done it again." Sunday Times "Joanna Trollope, whose evocations of human relationships are as ever penetrating and engaging." Daily Express "With her compassion for her characters, Trollope cuts to the quick of family life, and the difference between men and women. I loved it." -- Fanny Blake Woman & Home, Jan 14 "Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope." Good Housekeeping

    ISBN: 9780857521088
    ISBN-10: 085752108X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 3rd March 2014
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.7
    Weight (kg): 0.55

    Joanna Trollope

    Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope, and is the eldest of three siblings.

    Joanna's first books to be published were a number of historical novels under the name Caroline Harvey. These were followed by Britannia’s Daughters, a historical study of women in the British Empire and more recently, her enormously successful contemporary works of fiction. The Choir was Joanna's first contemporary novel, followed by A Village Affair and A Passionate Man. The Rector's Wife, first published in 1991, was Joanna's first number one bestseller, and made her into a household name. Since then, she has written eighteen more bestselling contemporary novels.

    When Joanna considers what has happened to her career in the last ten years, she often thinks, as her friend Jilly Cooper once said, 'You’d believe it, wouldn’t you, if it happened to someone else'.

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