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Alice Peterson has written two non-fiction books, a personal story called A Will to Win, which has been updated and republished as Another Alice, and a family memoir based on her grandmother’s life in Rhodesia. Two novels followed, published by Black Swan – Look the World in the Eye and You, Me and Him.
When her daughter Beth dies suddenly, Peggy Andrews is left to pick up the pieces and take care of her granddaughter Flo. But sorting through Beth's things reveals a secret never told: Beth was sick, with the same genetic condition that claimed her father's life, and now Peggy must decide whether to keep the secret or risk destroying her granddaughter's world. Five years later, Flo is engaged and moving to New York with her fiance. Peggy never told her what she discovered, but with Flo looking towards her future, Peggy realises it's time to come clean and reveal that her granddaughter's life might also be at risk. As Flo struggles to decide her own path, she is faced with the same life-altering questions her mother asked herself years before: if a test could decide your future, would you take it?
After Polly ends her relationship with the father of her young son, Louis, she is determined to move on. All she wants is to focus on her job, her friends and to be a good mum. No more looking over her shoulder. No more complications...Then Polly meets Ben. Ben is guardian of his niece, Emily. They become close, with Polly teaching Ben how to plait Emily's hair, and Ben playing football with Louis. Their friendship is unexpected. Polly's never been happier. But when Louis's dad reappears in their life, all Polly's mistakes come back to haunt her and her resolve weakens when he swears he has changed. Will she give herself a second chance to love?
A funny and heart warming novel about love and loneliness, family and loyalty, lodgers and friendships - it'll put a big smile on your face.
On the outside Josie and Finn have a perfect life with adorable son George – but George is hyperactive and Josie is pregnant again and dreading another child she can’t cope with. An astute, lightly humorous, intelligent read for the 30-something woman with a strong message and plenty of interest in its sub-plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Similar this month: None but try Laura Kasischke.Comparison: Anna Maxted, Polly Williams.
I donâ€™t know whether to start by telling you about the author, the book or the cover for all three are fascinating. Author first: A professional tennis player, she developed rheumatoid arthritis which put her in a wheelchair. She wrote about her courageous battle in A Will to Win. Now she is able to lead a relatively active life. The Book: An extraordinary, sensitive tale about waking up to responsibilities and living a meaningful life as a successful elder sister accepts her Down Syndrome sibling and finds the many sides of love. Warm, uplifting, emotional and very moving. Do read it. The cover: I really donâ€™t understand it! Comparison: Anna Maxted, Cecelia Ahern. Similar this month: Noelle Harrison, Lorna Landvik.
Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world. Some people might look at Alice and think she has everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants to do, has ever wanted to do, is sing. Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. So has Tom. But when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it's time to stop listening to everyone else and only followtheir hearts.
'An inspiring, uplifting novel about an extraordinary young woman who refuses to let anything stand in the way of her love and her dream'JULIE COHEN 'A wonderful book about the beautiful Alice Martineau that both inspired meand made me cry uncontrollably when I finished it' SUNDAY TIMES Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world. Some people might look at Alice and think she has everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants to do - all she's ever wanted to do - is sing. Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. So has Tom. But when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it's time to stop listening to everyone else and follow their hearts . . . 'A heart-wrenching read ... A moving story of an extraordinary young woman and the triumph of her spirit against huge odds' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'It's impossible to get to the end of this powerful and poignant story without a lump in the throat' SUNDAY MIRROR 'An extraordinary story that goes straight to the heart. Alice Peterson celebrates her namesake with great understanding and skill, acknowledging the frailties and strengths, the ambitions and the talent of an amazing young woman' JANET ELLIS, author of THE BUTCHER'S HOOK 'What a beautiful, passionate story. I couldn't physically put the book down... I had to keep on reading' ALICE BEER 'Touching and vivid... A book that will live on in the hearts of many' CASILDA GRIGG 'Brought Alice's soul to life. This book had me in tears, my favourite book of the year' LIZZY WARD THOMAS 'An emotional, uplifting page-turner, inspired by the true story of the singer, Alice Martineau, that celebrates making every moment in life count, and never giving up' JO CHARRINGTON, CAPITOL RECORDS 'If you read nothing else this year, please read this book! You won't regret it' Reading between the pages... (blog)
Josie and Finn are happily married, with promising careers, and a gorgeous young son, George. But despite their apparently enviable lives, George's hyperactivity disorder means the days aren't always easy. Josie's best friend Justin has always been there for her, and when she finds out she's pregnant again she turns to him for support. She loves George, but it's just such hard work, especially as Josie takes much of the strain. Finn is suspicious. What does Justin want in return for his help? And just how close are they really?
Bells is always writing to her sister Katie, but Katie never replies. Preoccupied with her glamorous career in fashion, her busy life and her boyfriend Sam, she just doesn't have the time. Then Bells announces that she's coming to stay. She's not a secret exactly, but. . . Sam doesn't know she exists. For Bells doesn't fit into Katie's perfect world. But when Bells does arrive, everything changes for Katie. Perhaps her perfect life isn't so perfect after all?
Love may hurt, but not loving hurts even more . . . January Wild loves her daughter, her dog Spud and her childhood home by the sea. Single parenting is tough, but January has no regrets. She has a job she loves, a happy home, and the support of her beloved grandfather. The arrival of a new boss, however, threatens to shake up January's safe world. Ward Metcalfe loves great sales results and a well-run office. Everyone at her office agrees: Ward is a soulless, corporate slave driver. Even Spud, the company mascot, dislikes him. A secret stands between them. Yet over time January realises first impressions aren't always right. Slowly she unravels more and more about her new boss, things she couldn't possibly have imagined, nor expected...
Love, lust, boys and shopping - the main worries of a teenage girl? Not for eighteen-year-old Alice Peterson, who, at the height of her youth and promising tennis career, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In the midst of shock and denial, and the enduring question, 'Isn't it old people who get arthritis?', Alice had to learn to live with what quickly turned from the odd ache and pain to a very aggressive form of the illness, and rediscover a new path in life.Alice's brilliant account of both her tennis-mad childhood and battle to live with RA is an uplifting, humourous and heart-warming story. Here is a story of how, armed with courage, she left behind a world she loved to overcome the pain of a degenerative disease.Another Alice is also a story of friendship, family, growing up and the desire to be normal. Above all it celebrates the power of the human spirit.A compelling tale, told with wit, charm and frankness that is absolutely unputdownable.Another Alice is dedicated to Alice's mother and father.
One step can change everything... Cass Brooks wishes she could turn back time. She'd go back to that morning and retrace her steps. Her boyfriend, Sean, would still be with her. Her mother wouldn't be nagging her to plan a new future when all she wants is her old life back. But when Ticket, the most loyal golden Labrador, bursts into Cass's life, she dares to dream that she can be happy again, that maybe she has a future after all? Charlie Bell is single. Why can't he commit? Following his latest break up, he finds himself sitting next to a young woman called Cass on a flight to Colorado. She is unlike any woman he's met before...
Rebecca is happily married to Olly and content with her job at a glamorous London art gallery. But when tragedy strikes, she decides to move back to her childhood home in the country, hoping time will help her to heal. Joe, born in the same country town as Rebecca, had a falling out with her a decade earlier. Now he's the successful owner of a wine bar, Maison Joe, and is breaking local hearts by dating a striking actress, Peta. Rebecca finds living with her parents again a challenge. Nor is it easy to discover that Joe lives and works too close for comfort. When she sees him once more, memories rush back to haunt her, along with unanswered questions about the past. Why did they lose touch? What was Olly hiding? Can Rebecca answer those questions and move on?
Love, lust, boys and coursework - the main worries of a teenage girl? Not for eighteen-year-old Alice Peterson, who, at the height of her youth and an extremely promising tennis career, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. In the midst of shock and denial, and the enduring question, 'Isn't it old people who get arthritis?', Alice had to learn to live with what quickly turned from the odd ache and pain to a very aggressive form of the illness, and rediscover a new path in life. Another Alice is at times utterly heart-breaking, and at others laugh-out-loud. Here is her story of how, armed with humour and courage, she left behind a world she loved to overcome the pain of a degenerative illness. Told with wit, charm and frankness, Another Alice is also a story of friendship, family, growing up and the desire to be 'normal'. But, above all, it celebrates the power of the human spirit.
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