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The Art of Friendship - Lisa Ireland

Paperback Published: 24th April 2018
ISBN: 9781760552268
Number Of Pages: 400

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We all expect our friendships from childhood to last forever...

Libby and Kit have been best friends ever since the day 11-year-old Kit bounded up to Libby's bedroom window. They've seen each other through first kisses, bad break-ups and everything in-between. It's almost 20 years since Libby moved to Sydney, but they've remained close, despite the distance and the different paths their lives have taken.

So when Libby announces she's moving back to Melbourne, Kit is overjoyed. They're best friends - practically family - so it doesn't matter that she and Libby now have different ...well, different everything, actually, or so it seems when they're finally living in the same city again.

Or does it?

About the Author

Lisa Ireland lives on the Victorian coast with her husband and three sons. After working for many years as a primary school teacher, Lisa is a now a full-time writer. When she's not writing, she can be found drinking coffee with friends or wandering along the beach with her extremely disobedient but totally loveable dog, Lulu.

It touched my heart in places I forgot exist


I was able to read this book thanks to Beauty and Lace book club and I am absolutely so thankful that this book came into my life. It was an amazing read and I had to stop myself from staying up all night to read it. I felt like I was along for the journey with Kit and Libby. I'm sure many of us have had a hard time adjusting to childhood friendships evolving into adult ones. I was able to relate to this book and the authors words, which made it more enjoyable. The book was written beautifully. The way Libby's parenting effects her son, the way she latched onto Kits mum in order to feel that love she wanted so bad. Reminds me of one of my own childhood friendships. Despite the book seeming slow at first once I got into the swing of it I was hanging off every word:

Brisbane Australia


An insightful look at friendship through the stages of life


The Art of Friendship is a book that I'm sure all of us can relate to. A book that will resonate and touch everyone who reads it. Lisa Ireland is an Australian author of contemporary women's fiction whom I only discovered when The Shape of Us was released last year. I devoured The Art of Friendship in a couple of days and really enjoyed it. The friends we make as children can be some of the closest bonds we share, you see each other through so many of life's hurdles that come with growing up and you feel like these are going to be the friendships that last a lifetime. For a range of reasons that isn't always the case. Sometimes there's a fight, or families move and distance becomes an issue, sometimes there's a feud and sometimes it's a slow drift, you don't notice the chasm widening until you can't see each other over the other side. It's a natural progression with life but that doesn't always make it easy to deal with. In the lead up to reading The Art of Friendship I saw and heard quite a bit about the inspiration for the story. There's a note from Lisa to readers on the media release, it's posted on her blog and has been published other places online. Friendship is an extremely important part of life, I want to say for us as wives and mothers but it's not just that. It's important for all of us because a close and supportive friendship, even better a group friends, makes for a great support network. You don't have to agree on everything, you don't have to have everything in common but you have to know that someone will always have your back. In the new world of social media, cyber bullying and shaming (I'm going to generalise because there's always someone being shamed for something) it's really easy to start feeling alone. I would wholeheartedly recommend The Art of Friendship to every woman. It's an important read, an insightful look at friendship and a reminder that holding onto negativity is going to come back and bite you eventually.



The Art of Friendship

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ISBN: 9781760552268
ISBN-10: 1760552267
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 24th April 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.49

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