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Small Pleasures

(2020)
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Now available in the US—the dark horse literary novel that has taken Britain by storm! In the best tradition of Tessa Hadley, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ann Patchett—an astonishing, keenly observed period piece about an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a sudden turn into a pitched battle between propriety and unexpected passion.

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

A BEST BOOK OF 2020 PICK:Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Ireland, Daily Express





1957: Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of forty, Jean lives a dreary existence that includes caring for her demanding widowed mother, who rarely leaves the house. It’s a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape.

That all changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys, including Gretchen’s gentle and thoughtful husband Howard, who mostly believes his wife, and their quirky and charming daughter Margaret, who becomes a sort of surrogate child for Jean. Gretchen, too, becomes a much-needed friend in an otherwise empty social life.

Jean cannot bring herself to discard what seems like her one chance at happiness, even as the story that she is researching starts to send dark ripples across all their lives…with unimaginable consequences.

Both a mystery and a love story, Small Pleasures is a quintessentially British novel in the style of The Remains of the Day, about conflict between personal fulfilment and duty; a novel that celebrates the beauty and potential for joy in all things plain and unfashionable. 






Genre: Literary Fiction

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October 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: Small Pleasures: A Novel
Author(s): Clare Chambers
ISBN: 0-06-309472-X / 978-0-06-309472-7 (USA edition)
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March 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Small Pleasures: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021
Author(s): Clare Chambers
ISBN: 1-4746-1388-8 / 978-1-4746-1388-0 (UK edition)
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January 2020 : Hardback
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Title: BY Clare Chambers Small Pleasures A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick Hardcover - 9 July 2020
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April 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Small Pleasures: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021
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Title: Small Pleasures: Longlisted for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2021
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ISBN: 1-4746-1389-6 / 978-1-4746-1389-7 (UK edition)
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October 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Small Pleasures: A Novel
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Title: Small Pleasures: A Novel
Author(s): Clare Chambers
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July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Small Pleasures
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Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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July 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Small Pleasures
Author(s): Clare Chambers
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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October 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Small Pleasures: A Novel
Author(s): Clare Chambers
Publisher: Custom House
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July 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Small Pleasures: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021
Author(s): Clare Chambers
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU