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The Sunday Times top ten bestsellerThis house has our blood, sweat, love, laughter and betrayal seeped into its very bones.

I might leave this place, but bits of me will remain here, tears soaked deep into the floorboards.

You could hoover this place for ever and you'd never get rid of us completely.It only took one night to tear a family apart.

Artist and illustrator Edwina Spinner used to have a busy family life.

Now she lives alone, in a house that has grown too big for her.

She has decided to sell it. As Edwina takes the estate agent from room to room, she finds herself transported back to her life as a young mother.

Back to her twins, Rowena and Charlie, and a stepson she cannot bring herself to mention by name.As the house reveals its secrets, Edwina is forced to confront her family's past, and a devastating betrayal that changed everything.

But Edwina doesn't know the whole story. And to discover the truth, she will have to face the one person she vowed never to see again.


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This is the first book by Jenny Eclair that I have read and I loved it. I think I was expecting it to be funnier because she's a comedienne but it's a much more in-depth and moving story that can be properly termed a page-turner.Edwina is 78 and on a whim decides it's time to sell her sprawling London home. She can't keep up with it anymore and there are areas she never visits. As she shows round an estate agent she remembers events in her life as she goes from room to room. This is the first third of the book. We then move on to Fern's section. Seemingly unconnected to Edwina, we soon learn why her story is relevant. The third section is Lucas's, Edwina's stepson from her second marriage. Lucas was a difficult stepchild for Edwina and he in turn resented having to visit his father at Edwina's house, with her twins there taking all the attention.I felt sad at the end of each section, having become engrossed in the individual stories, but then the next part drew me in. The story is seemingly told in a haphazard fashion but is actually the product of very skilled plotting to bring it all together. I loved Edwina particularly, but the whole novel is a triumph of interesting characters and lives being lived. Such an clever, multi-stranded novel.

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