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Tully : A Booktopia Book Guru 'Sure Thing' Title - Paullina Simons

Tully

A Booktopia Book Guru 'Sure Thing' Title

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The astonishing debut novel from international number one bestselling author Paullina Simons.

Tully Makker is a tough young woman from the wrong side of the tracks and she is not always easy to like.

But if Tully gives friendship and loyalty, she gives them for good, and she forms an enduring bond with Jennifer and Julie, school friends from very different backgrounds.

As they grow into the world of the seventies and eighties, the lives of the three best friends are changed forever by two young men, Robin and Jack, and a tragedy which engulfs them all.

Against the odds, Tully emerges into young womanhood, marriage and a career. At last Tully Makker has life under control.

And then life strikes back in the most unexpected way of all ...

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  • Deserves multiple readings (4)
  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Page turner (4)
  • Well written (4)
  • Suspenseful (3)

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4.0

I've bought a copy after I read it!

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from melbourne

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Worth The Read
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Tully:

    it was given to me by a dear friend and well worth the read ....loved it so much I've bought my own copy

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    4.0

    Definitely a must read

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    from Perth, WA

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
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        Comments about Tully:

        Definitely one of Paullina Simons best works

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        5.0

        A Must Read

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        from Perth

        About Me Bookworm

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
        • Page Turner
        • Well Written

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          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading
          • Younger Readers

          Comments about Tully:

          One of the authors best. Beautifully written and the characters will stay with you long after you finish. Highly recommend ....

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          5.0

          FANTASTIC NOVEL

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          from MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA

          About Me Everyday Reader

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
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              BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN
              GREAT AUTHOR READ ALL HER BOOKS!!!!!

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              In her first novel, an opus with soap opera overtones, Simons uses a voice as flat as the Kansas prairie to relate the story of Natalie Makker, nicknamed Tully due to her brother's mispronunciation of her name. At times this voice is used to great effect. Tully's life is dramatic - her mother beats her brutally, her best friend commits suicide over a high school love, and as an under-age teenager she earns money by performing wantonly in dance contests - and a more enthusiastic narration could have made these incidents melodramatic. But the repetitious plot eventually grates. Tully finds herself having to choose between two men not once, but twice. She becomes pregnant while taking birth control pills twice as well, she habitually slits her wrists because she likes how it feels, and her mourning over the death of her teenage best friend Jennifer - a formerly autistic young woman who still counted compulsively - drags on well into adulthood. This is the weakest point in development of Tully's character, since Jennifer is only introduced as a depressed teenager and it is therefore difficult to understand why Tully would place this loss at the center of her existence. The Kansas setting is evocative in its emptiness, but there is also a certain hollowness at Tully's core that keeps her from human contact and staves off empathy; at one point she says of herself to a boyfriend: "There is no center. There is only the outer edge. Inside is a black hole" - and that is all too easy to believe. An overload of angst and unnecessary length finally do this novel in. (Kirkus Reviews)

              Paullina Simons

              Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.

              After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullina wrote her first novel Tully. Through word of mouth that book was welcomed by readers all over the world.

              She has since written Red Leaves, Eleven Hours, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross, (also known as Tatiana and Alexander.) The Summer Garden and The Girl in Times Square. Many of Paullina's novels have reached international bestseller lists in countries including Australia and New Zealand.

              Apart from her novels, Paullina has also written a cookbook, Tatiana's Table, which is a collection of recipes, short stories and recollections from her best selling trilogy of novels, The Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross, (also known as Tatiana and Alexander) and The Summer Garden. Paullina's latest novel is Road To Paradise which is currently available in all reputable Australian and New Zealand book stores.

              DOB & Place of Birth: 1963. Leningrad, Russia

              Place of Residence: USA

              Education: Attended Colleges in New York, Kansas and England. Graduated from Kansas University with a degree in political science

              Previous Jobs: Financial Journalist, Writer for the Financial News Network

              Career Aspirations: Always wanted to be a writer.

              Marital Status: Married

              Children: 4

              Favourite Authors: John Steinbeck,E. M. Forster, Leo Tolstoy, PJ O'Rourke, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton.

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              ISBN: 9780006490012
              ISBN-10: 0006490018
              Series: A Booktopia Book Guru 'Sure Thing' Title
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 611
              Published: 9th October 1995
              Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 13.0  x 19.7
              Weight (kg): 0.416