Reading in Bed Paperback
by Sue Gee
Opening at the Hay Festival, and ending with the prospect of a spring wedding, Sue Gee's novel is a lively story of tangled relationships and the sustaining powers of good books, loyal friends and conversation.
Friends since university, with busy working lives behind them, Dido and Georgia have long been looking forward to carefree days of books and conversation, when each finds herself caught up in unexpected domestic drama.
Dido, for the first time, has cause to question her marriage; widowed Georgia feels certain her husband will return to her.
Meanwhile, an eccentric country cousin goes wildly off the rails, children are unhappy in love, and perfect health is all at once in question.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755303120
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Review by nicx27
I've just finished reading this book and loved every single minute of it. It's the story of Dido and Georgia, friends since university, who happened to marry two men who were also friends with each other. Lovely long marriages ensued, but sadly, as the book opens, Henry, Georgia's husband, has recently passed away. The parts of the book relating to this brought lumps to my throat, not because they were overly emotional scenes, but because they were understated, yet still so moving. At the same time, Dido and Jeffrey have their own problems to deal with.The book starts with the two women returning from a book festival at Hay on Wye, and throughout the book there are various literary references, which work very well.There are no speech marks in this book, with all dialogue being indicated by a dash only. For a short time at the beginning it required a little more concentration than usual, but I quickly got used to it and it all flowed so well that I began not to even notice the lack of speech marks.This is my first Sue Gee book, but it won't be my last. Don't be fooled by the chick-lit style cover - this is a book with real depth and emotion, and I really cared about the characters. Highly recommended.
Review by LynnB
This is a story of two sixty-year-old women who have been friends since college. Dido is happily married; Georgia's husband has recently died. And life goes on, as it does, bringing with it illness, infidelity, watching your children struggle with life and love, caring for aging relatives. A good read with solid characters. Two issues lessened my pleasure. First, the ending ties up just too perfectly. Second, the author inserts her own voice with comments such as "you guessed it" addressed to the reader. This took me out of the lives of the characters.