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Meeting the English

(2013)
A novel by

 
Awards
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
"Exceptional . . . Clanchy has a wincingly accurate eye for social comedy, a vivid descriptive sense, and profound understanding of her characters. This is a delectable read." --Daily Mail (UK)
In response to an advertisement, Struan Robertson, orphan, genius, and just seventeen, leaves his dour native town in Scotland, and arrives at a creaky mansion in London in the freakishly hot summer of 1989. His job, he finds, is to care for playwright and one-time literary star Phillip Prys, dumbfounded and paralyzed by a massive stroke, because, though Phillip's two teenage children, two wives, and a literary agent all rattle 'round his large house, they are each too busy with their peculiar obsessions to do it themselves. As the city bakes, Struan finds himself tangled in a midsummer's dream of mistaken identity, giddying property prices, wild swimming, and overwhelming passions. For everyone, it is to be a life-changing summer.
Kate Clanchy's Meeting the English is a bright book about dark subjects--a tale about kindness and its limits, told with love. It is a coming of age story for anyone who has ever felt themselves to be an outsider; a love story for the awkward; and a comedy for anyone who has ever lived in a family. Written by an acclaimed writer of poetry, non-fiction, and short stories, this glorious debut novel is spiked with witty dialogue and jostling with gleeful, zesty characters.

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Hardback Editions

March 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Meeting the English: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
ISBN: 1-250-05977-1 / 978-1-250-05977-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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March 2015 : UK Hardback

Title: Meeting the English
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
ISBN: 1-4448-2308-6 / 978-1-4448-2308-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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July 2014 : UK Hardback

Title: Meeting the English
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
ISBN: 1-4712-6498-X / 978-1-4712-6498-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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May 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Meeting the English
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
ISBN: 0-330-53527-7 / 978-0-330-53527-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Meeting the English
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
ISBN: 0-330-53528-5 / 978-0-330-53528-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Meeting the English
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
ISBN: 1-4472-2973-8 / 978-1-4472-2973-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

June 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Meeting the English
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
Publisher: Whole Story Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2014 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Meeting the English
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
ISBN: 1-4712-6312-6 / 978-1-4712-6312-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Meeting the English: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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May 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Meeting the English
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   



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