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Summer Things

(1998)
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Joseph Connolly's Summer Things is the ultimate clever English farce. Genteel Chanel-wearing Elizabeth loves nothing better than orchestrating the lives of her friends and neighbours and is given ample opportunity to do so when she goes on holiday to a smart English seaside resort with her man-mad sister Melody and her neighbours, Brian (DIY fanatic and obsessive collector of manhole covers) and clucky, baby- crazy Dotty. Estate-agent-husband Howard has his own private reasons for wanting to stay at home, while seventeen-year-old daughter Katie is off to Chicago on an illicit vacation with an older man.

In Summer Things Connolly blends to perfection that sort of smutty, innuendo-driven humour that the British are so good at with sharp social satire, exposing the lies frequently embedded in the very foundations of cosy middle-class married life and laying bare the secret tragedies hiding within the rib-cages of even the most ludicrous of his characters. Within this captivating web of deception, lie some truly unexpected twists. --Anna Davis

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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Summer Things
Author(s): Joseph Connolly
ISBN: 1-78206-698-5 / 978-1-78206-698-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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September 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Summer Things
Author(s): Joseph Connolly
ISBN: 0-571-23265-5 / 978-0-571-23265-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Summer Things
Author(s): Joseph Connolly
ISBN: 0-571-22062-2 / 978-0-571-22062-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Summer Things
Author(s): Joseph Connolly
ISBN: 0-571-19574-1 / 978-0-571-19574-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Summer Things
Author(s): Joseph Connolly
ISBN: 0-571-20143-1 / 978-0-571-20143-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Summer Things-Trade
Author(s): Joseph Connolly
ISBN: 0-571-19076-6 / 978-0-571-19076-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Summer Things
Author(s): Joseph Connolly
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   



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