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Clare Chambers

UK flag (b.1966)

Clare Chambers was born in 1966, attended a school in Croydon, read English at Oxford and wrote her first novel while she was living in New Zealand. She is the author of Back Trouble, A Dry Spell and Learning to Swim, which won the 1998 Parker Romantic Novel of the Year award. She now lives in Kent with her husband and young family.

Genres: General Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Children's Fiction, Romance
Romantic Novel of the Year Award Best Novel winner (1999) : Learning to Swim

Clare Chambers recommends
The Long, Long Afternoon (2021)
Inga Vesper
"Such a vivid atmosphere of stifling LA heat and stifling 50s domesticity - the brittle facades of those suburban mansions with their manicured lawns and maddened housewives. A homage to hard-boiled American crime fiction, but told with a distinctive female sensibility. Lovely!"
Dog Days (2021)
Ericka Waller
"A charming, surprising and moving story of three troubled characters' encounter with love, grief, healing...and dogs!"
On Hampstead Heath (2021)
Marika Cobbold
"Marika Cobbold writes with such a light, witty touch, strewing the story with great one-liners, but she isn't afraid to tackle dark themes too, and manages to bring even minor characters to vivid life with just a few telling strokes. On Hampstead Heath is a deliciously romantic comedy of misunderstandings and misbehaviour - I loved it."
Moth (2021)
Melody Razak
"Moth is a powerful and moving story of a liberal, Brahmin family caught up in the violence and social unrest of post-partition India. It is written with absolute fidelity to the small rituals of daily life, the allegiances and jealousies within families, and the huge and overwhelming forces of history. Every character springs from the page, involving the reader completely in their triumphs and sufferings - the writer's skill and sympathy are immense. I loved it."
Widowland (2021)
(Widowland, book 1)
C J Carey
"Clever, gripping and brilliantly imagined - a brave, bookish heroine takes on the forces of a chillingly convincing post-war dystopia."
The Little Black Dress (2021)
Deborah Moggach
"She really is the Nora Ephron of North London. Such a deceptively light touch, and so funny about the indignities of getting old and all our little vanities."
Dinner Party (2021)
Sarah Gilmartin
"I loved her clean, forensic writing. Gilmartin is clearly a writer to watch."
Wahala (2022)
Nikki May
"I got so immersed in the lives of Simi, Ronke and Boo, such flawed, lovable women, I just raced through Wahala. Nikki May writes so well about friendship, food, fashion and the many ways modern women can stumble in their careers and personal lives."

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