Moving Edwina Spinner has lived in the same house for over fifty years It used to be a busy crowded family home but now Edwina lives alone and it has grown too big for her She has decided to sell it The you

  • Title: Moving
  • Author: Jenny Eclair
  • ISBN: 9780751550948
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edwina Spinner has lived in the same house for over fifty years It used to be a busy, crowded family home but now Edwina lives alone and it has grown too big for her She has decided to sell it.The young estate agent who comes to value the house sees potential Knock down a few walls, add a wet room People like a project But as Edwina takes him from room to room, sheEdwina Spinner has lived in the same house for over fifty years It used to be a busy, crowded family home but now Edwina lives alone and it has grown too big for her She has decided to sell it.The young estate agent who comes to value the house sees potential Knock down a few walls, add a wet room People like a project But as Edwina takes him from room to room, she is transported back to her old life as a young mother Back to her first husband Ollie and their twins, James and Rowena Back to lies and dark secrets and to a stepson whose name Edwina cannot even bear to speak aloud As Edwina s story unravels she is revealed as a complex and intriguing person Not just the frail old lady trapped in her dated house, but a woman who has lived an extraordinary life, full of love and tragedy Why is she now so alone What happened to Edwina s family all those years ago Moving Jenny Eclair s fourth novel reveals a writer at the height of her powers Gripping, heart breaking and laced with black humour, it is a novel of family secrets, shocking betrayals and most of all, of home.

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    • Elaine says:

      I have been aware of Jenny Éclair for years as a comedienne but I have never read any of her books before. I think I had a preconceived notion that I would get a light, fluffy chick lit read with a heroine dripping with sarcasm and, in fact, nothing could have been further from the truth. This is a wonderful read with well drawn, interesting and realistic characters who I really fell for, hook line and sinker. The first I met was Edwina. She has lived in the same house for fifty years and it is [...]

    • Kim says:

      Jenny Éclair has a very fresh and interesting writing style and I can’t wait to read more of her books. This one draws you in from the beginning pages.Edwina decides that her house of the last 50 years is too big for her and calls an estate agent. As he values the house, memories come flooding back for her. Very moving flashbacks from her past are laid out before us. Happy times, moving times, scandalous times. Secrets come pouring out.We are treated to another couple of points of view- how w [...]

    • Laura says:

      When its tempting to write a one-word review for a book, the word of choice for this one is 'underwhelming.' Despite its high rating, I feel much of this is perhaps due to a slight bias by fans of the author. When I purchased the book, I didn't immediately recognise the writer is the same woman who often appears on daytime women's interest talkshows. She also has a notable career in radio. I ordinarily shy away from celebrity authors, but decided to give Moving a shot nonetheless. As it so happ [...]

    • Denise says:

      A fantastic read, with believable characters, this is an amazing story of family secrets and betrayals, Jenny Eclair had me hooked from the start. This is one one of those books where I couldn't wait to read more to find out what became of the characters, but I didn't want the book to end either!Moving and completely absorbing, this book is really impressive, I'm glad I had the chance to read it and I highly recommended it.Jenny Eclair is a new author to me and I will certainly be reading more o [...]

    • Agi says:

      Last year I read Jenny's "Life, Death and Vanilla Slices" and I rated this book with 5 stars, I truly loved this story, it was different and yet felt so very close home, and so I kept my eyes opened on any new release by this author. Almost as soon as my review copy of "Moving" arrived, I started reading it - I was incredibly hooked by the synopsis to this book, and having in mind previous novel, I was sure I am for a real treat again.And yes, I was right. Even though I can't help thinking that [...]

    • ReginLaRadiosa says:

      È rimasta aggrappata a questa casa fin troppo a lungo. Come l’edera sul retro, è arrivata l’ora di liberarsi. Deve chiudersi per sempre alle spalle la porta del civico 137. Prenderà con sé solo alcuni ricordi, riempirà una borsa di ricordi buoni, non le servono chissà che valigie. Sono tantissime le cose che può lasciare dietro di sé.Edwina Spinner è una donna ormai anziana e sola. Un giorno tutto si fa più chiaro ai suoi occhi e nella sua mente si fa sempre più reale la decisione [...]

    • Jackie Molloy says:

      Edwina now lives alone in a family house, it is now much too big for he, she has decided to sell up, and while sorting out her goods and chattels, old memories are stirred up from the past and her family’s stories come back to haunt her.Edwina is an artist and illustrator, her first husband and father to her twins dies very young in a freak accident on a family holiday, I warmed to her as a character looking back over an eventful life where nothing works out as planned and everything has to be [...]

    • Eileen says:

      For me there was so much to love here! Reads a quote on the back cover: ‘This house has our blood, sweat, love, laughter and betrayal seeped into its very bones. I might leave this place, but bits of me will remain here, tears soaked deep into the floorboards.’ A compelling generational saga of sorts, Moving begins with the elderly protagonist, Edwina, guiding a young estate agent on a tour of her family home. ‘The house is telling her to go: her allotted time is up, it’s someone else’ [...]

    • Carol says:

      I don't know what I expected when I chose this to satisfy the category "Written by a celebrity" for my 2016 challenge. I am familiar with JE as a comedienne but not as a novelist.What a fab fab book told by three people from different perspectives. Edwina, an old lady living alone in a large house where she has raised her family. She realises it is now too large to manage and decides to sell. As she shows the estate agent around the house each room prompts memories of her past and her life in th [...]

    • Lydia Bailey says:

      A really good, absorbing read. Cleverly written and keeps you turning the pages. Overall it has a melancholy feel to it; a journey of wrong roads taken leading to wasted lives. An unlikely hero emerges at the end though. I Enjoyed it - and will look out for other titles by Jenny Elcair.

    • Margaret Bamford says:

      A sad novel in places but plenty of laughs. The characters are well written and the story unfolds gradually. A very enjoyable read.

    • Jill's Book Cafe says:

      When I got this book I was not sure what to expect. I loved the cover and the synopsis but was also worried that it was written by a comedienne known for her strong, fiesty, opinionated persona. No criticism intended here by the way, I'm a bit like that myself, I just wasn't sure what sort of characters I'd be meeting in the book and how well she writes as opposed to performs. Well for anyone with similar concerns I can say, forget them. The book is very good, the characters all different (thoug [...]

    • Jackie Watts says:

      When I read Life, Death and Vanilla Slices I had no idea what to expect from Jenny Eclair and - although I probably should have realised that a comedienne needs a reasonable degree of insight into the way human beings work - her ability to bring people to life on the page caught me by surprise. This time I was more prepared but I am still impressed by the apparently effortless way she manages to combine humour and tragedy in just the right proportions to make her characters and story utterly bel [...]

    • Irene says:

      Book provided by Netgalley and publisher for review. Once again another hit from the wonderful Jenny Eclair! She has such a gift for the spoken word, humorous - well that's a given but she also makes you feel empathy too for even the nastiest of her characters and not many people can do that. So we meet Edwina who has come to the conclusion she can no longer live in her huge house now she's on her own. As she shows the estate agent round the rooms we hear about her life - the sad times and the h [...]

    • Scribbling-Wren says:

      Double meaning of the title didn't strike me until I was quite near the end (opens as Estate Agent looks around a family home) The story is in three main sections and I loved the first more than the others.I do find her v readable. Initially picked up expecting comedic romp- I really should read blurbs, not just author names.

    • Sabrina Muzzi says:

      abbandonato a metà. L'ho trovato pesante e noioso.

    • Susi says:

      Recensione presente anche sul blog bookishadvisorNon sapevo bene cosa aspettarmi da questo libro perché non mi piace essere condizionata dalla sinossi, che il più delle volte sono forvianti o tropo rivelatrici, ma ho deciso di leggerlo ugualmente perché quella cover mi ha catturato dal primo momento in cui ho posato i miei occhi, colori caldi, pastello, colori che richiamano emozioni forti, vere e capaci di risvegliare l'animo: gli woman fiction non sono i libri che scelgo di leggere ma sono [...]

    • Julie says:

      As Jenny Eclair is a comedienne I expected this to be a light hearted comedy type novel. Although there are a lot of great funny descriptions the story itself is about a family with lots of troubles and secrets. I really enjoyed the story and the style of writing. I will definitely be reading her other books.

    • Kiwi Begs2Differ✎ says:

      Abandoned at 18%

    • Steph Hayward-bailey says:

      I loved the different narratives used to tell the story in this book and I especially enjoyed how the house was used at the beginning of the book to tell the story of the initial characters life.

    • Lynn says:

      I really enjoyed this book and will look out for more by Jenny Eclair.

    • Kerrie says:

      A lovely read.I particularly enjoyed Edwina's narrative in the first part of the book, how she remembered the stories as she walked through the house. It was at its simplest a story of a life , of a family and how our choices have consequences.My heart broke for Edwina for two men she loved completely and lost. I fear there are many more mothers like Edwina who've lost their children and don't fully understand why.My heart broke for Rowena as she tried so hard to be the good girl and peacemaker [...]

    • Sandra says:

      One of the things really like about this novel, is that one of the key characters, Edwina is in her late seventies. It all starts with Edwina's decision to sell her big crumbling house; as she takes the estate agent to each room, the history of her family (two marriages, twins and a stepson) unfolds. The focus of the third person narrative is split between Edwina, Fern one of her children's contemporaries, and Lucas, her overweight stepson. There is a strong sense of how chance events can have a [...]

    • Elaine Higgins says:

      Brilliant I really enjoyed this. Written from very different perspectives, it's funny and sad a real page turner. I don't particularly find Jenny Eclair funny as a comedian but will definitely read her other books

    • Vivienne says:

      The story Of Edwina who has lived in her house for over 50 years, but now its too big and old she needs to sell. As she sorts through things she is taken back. so are we to the 60s and all the family dynamics that happened. The characters draw you in and I found it very hard to put down. highly recommend

    • Sarah says:

      Book club read, I really loved Edwina and fell into the story easily. I was a little disappointed when the book went into Fern's section it seemed to drag a little so I was pleased when it got to the section on Lucas who we'd already had hints on being the twist in the story. Overall good book but could just as easily read a whole book from Edwina's perspective

    • Jackie says:

      4.5 stars. Much better than I thought it would be. Enjoyed this book very much. Only really knocked off half a star because I felt as if parts of the Fern character I'd seen as part of Jenny's comedy on the telly.

    • Lynn says:

      One of those books that once you start reading you just can't put down, the writer does a good job of covering the story from all angles, and, lovely to see how it all ties in,

    • Sarah.hiscoke says:

      I loved this book. I entered the world in London of this family and was completely absorbed for 6 days. I saw parts of myself in it parts of my friends and some family. feel completely indulged.

    • Tracy Fenton says:

      An emotional and enjoyable story told from 3 different narrators.

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