The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, Paperback Book

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life Paperback

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Laura is content enough with her marriage, two children and part-time job.

That is, until a lover from her past comes back into her life.

Suddenly passion and excitement are rekindled, and she realises how stagnant her life has become.

But how much happiness has she a right to expect? Unknown to Laura, many others in her Sussex village are living with their own unresolved inner dramas.

None of them guesses at her crisis. Yet every decision they take has an impact on those around them.

The hidden longings of a large cast of characters interweave in a gripping plot that reveals ordinary life at its richest : comic and tragic, poignant and cruel, surprising and moving - and brilliantly entertaining.


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Another book I read at one go, virtually. On the train to London and on the way back the next day.

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This book is not only about a woman whose ex-lover has reappeared in her life, as the front cover suggests. The book does start off with a chapter about the ex-lover getting in touch with Laura Broad, but this is actually a book about a Sussex village and its inhabitants, and takes place over the course of six days in 2000. I felt it got off to a slow start, and I think that was because it was flitting around a bit and I didn't feel able to get my teeth into anybody's story. However, I quickly realised that this is a brilliantly written novel of life's dramas and mundanities, and I think the author did a very good job of interweaving many stories together. This is a book which creeps up on the reader and draws them in, and it certainly made me want to keep reading to the end to find out what happens to the characters. I see that William Nicholson has a sequel coming out next month, and I'm really eager to read it. I would definitely recommend it to anybody who likes a 'slice of life' story and a book where you care about the characters.

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