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Anne Tyler - Author

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. This is Anne Tyler’s sixteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore. In 2012 Anne Tyler was the winner of the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Featured books by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew Retold

Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew Retold

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/2016

'You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that'. Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her pre-school charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr...When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as individual, off-beat and funny as Kate herself.

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A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

This book is the Sunday Times Bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize. 'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They've all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we see played out the hopes and fears, the rivalries and tensions of families everywhere - the essential nature of family life.

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A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2015

One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. 'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red met that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They've all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we see played out the hopes and fears, the rivalries and tensions of families everywhere - the essential nature of family life.   Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

Other books by Anne Tyler

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2020

From the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread: an offbeat love story about mis-steps, second chances and the elusive art of human connection Micah Mortimer isn't the most polished person you'll ever meet. His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly, but he has his ways and means of navigating the world. He measures out his days running errands for work - his TECH HERMIT sign cheerily displayed on the roof of his car - maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7:15, every morning). He is content with the steady balance of his life. But then the order of things starts to tilt. His woman friend Cassia (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a 'girlfriend') tells him she's facing eviction because of a cat. And when a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son, Micah is confronted with another surprise he seems poorly equipped to handle. Redhead by the Side of the Road is an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach - and a love story about the differences that make us all unique.

Clock Dance

Clock Dance

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

A bittersweet novel of family and self-discovery from the bestselling, award-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: her mother's disappearance when she was just a child, being proposed to at an airport at the age of twenty-one, the accident that would leave her a widow in her forties. Each time, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call from a stranger informing her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter leads Willa into uncharted territory and the eventual realisation that it's never too late to choose your own path. 'She is and always will be my favourite author' Liane Moriarty

Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years & The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years & The Amateur Marriage

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 02/08/2018

Captivating BBC radio adaptations of three of Anne Tyler's bestselling novelsAward-winning author Anne Tyler is loved worldwide for her fiction exploring the intricacies of marriage and domesticity. These three acclaimed books, each set in Baltimore, describe the small triumphs and tragedies of everyday American family life, as relationships are made and broken, and families come together, drift apart, hurt and heal each other.Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Tracks 1 and 2) Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl Tull attempts to keep her family together - but her anger and fierce maternal energy has damaging effects on her three children.Ladder of Years (Tracks 3 and 4)An unexpected romantic encounter in the grocery aisle is the beginning of a new adventure for homely Delia Grinstead, leading her to make a sudden, impulsive change in her life.The Amateur Marriage (Tracks 5 and 6)We follow the turbulent relationship of Michael and Pauline Anton over sixty years, from their whirlwind romance in 1941, to marriage, parenthood and beyond.Multi-layered and universal, with details that ring sharply true and characters that are both recognisable and entertaining, these three dramatisations feature a distinguished cast including Barbara Barnes, Lorelei King and Nathan Osgood.Dramatised by Rebecca LenkiewiczProduced and directed by David HunterDinner at the Homesick RestaurantPearl...Barbara BarnesNarrator...Lorelei KingBeck...Nathan OsgoodYoung Cody...Max BaldryYoung Ezra...Richard LinnellYoung Jenny/Jane...Eloise WebbCody...Ben CroweEzra...Simon Lee PhillipsJenny...Fenella WoolgarJosiah...Matthew WatsonHarley...David SeddonMrs Payson/Mrs Scarlatti...Joanna BrookesRuth...Amaka OkaforSlevin...Will HowardJoe/Driver...David SeddonPriest/Driver/Dr Vincent...Paul StonehouseTeacher/Driver...Philippa StantonMr Murphy...Sean MurrayThe Ladder of YearsDelia...Nancy CraneAdrian...Ian ConninghamSam...Nathan OsgoodEliza...Jessica TurnerNarrator/Woman...Barbara BarnesRosemary/Debbie/Mother/Binky...Rhiannon NeadsSkipper...David ActonCarroll/Clerk...Sam ValentineDriscoll/Ramsay/Vernon/Assistant...Mark Edel-HuntSusie...Roslyn HillMr Maxwell/Nat...David HounslowLinda/Belle...Jane SlavinEliza...Jessica TurnerEleanor...Carol MacReadyMr Pomfret....Stephen CritchlowNoah...Sean McCrystalJoel...Sam DaleRick Rack/Telephone Voice...Jude AkuwudikeThe Amateur MarriagePauline/Young Pauline...Julianna JenningsMichael/George/Pagan...Tom ForristerNarrator...Barbara BarnesMrs Anton...Pandora ColinWanda/Lindy/Gina...Sarah RidgewayMrs Brunek/Mrs Serge/Mrs Barclay/Donna/Marilyn...Sanchia McCormackKatie/Karen...Maeve Bluebell WellsMrs Golka/Destiny/Karen...Chetna PandyaMrs Kowalski/Anna/Katie...Georgie GlenOfficer/Policeman...John BowlerJohn Piazy/Alex/Policeman/Becoming....Finlay RobertsonEustace/Dun...David SterneLindy...Kayla GalGeorge/Pagan...Finn MonteathMichael...Ian PorterCabbie...Nicholas MurchiePauline...Sara StewartPagan...Noel BrookeGeorge...David SturzakerLindy...Jane SlavinPauline...Sara Stewart

Clock Dance

Clock Dance

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 12/07/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Clock Dance by Anne Tyler, read by Kimberly Farr. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman - and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog - will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community, and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things. A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfilment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it's never too late to change direction, and choose your own path.'She is and always will be my favourite author' Liane Moriarty

Clock Dance

Clock Dance

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2018

NATIONAL BEST SELLER! A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.

Half-Truths and Semi-Miracles

Half-Truths and Semi-Miracles

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 29/05/2018

The first thing I tell people is, I'm just an ordinary woman. I'm just like you. Susanna has an incredible gift: she can heal ailments with just the touch of her hand. People travel from far and wide based on their faith in her abilities. But Susanna's power only works in certain casesit's a semi-miracle. And as she grows into a woman, and tries to build a life of her own, her calling to fix and cure becomes more of a burden than she could ever have imagined. Why is she able to take people's pain away sometimes, and not others, not when she needs to most of all? With the balm of time, and the wisdom of experience, Susanna must learn to live with the mysterious nature of her miracle. Available to readers for the first time since its initial publication, this is a wry and moving story by an American master. ';Not merely good . . . she is wickedly good.' John UpdikeLook forClock Dance, the charming new novel from Anne Tyler, available this July.

Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

'A thoroughly modern love story' Guardian Kate Battista is stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and infuriating younger sister Bunny? Dr Battista has other problems. His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, his new scientific breakthrough will fall through... When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Will Kate be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's brilliant retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as surprising as Kate herself. **ANNE TYLER HAS SOLD OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS WORLDWIDE** 'One of my favourite authors' Liane Moriarty 'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan 'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve 'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks

Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2016

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying as usual on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

Spool of Blue Thread

Spool of Blue Thread

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize';It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .' This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler's work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

Saint Maybe

Saint Maybe

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2014

When eighteen-year-old Ian Bedloe pricks the bubble of his family's optimistic self-deception, his brother Danny drives into a wall, his sister-in-law falls apart, and his parents age before his eyes. Consumed by guilt Ian finds the hope of forgiveness at the Church of the Second Chance, and leaves college to cope with the three children he has inherited and his own embarrassing religion. Twenty years on, Ian's prospects of a second chance are receding fast when, out of the heart of the domesticity that has engulfed him, strides a new figure who will bring him new life.A heartfelt novel about the unexpected tragedies and second chances of life, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Accidental Tourist and The Amateur Marriage. Now available as an audiobook.

Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant

Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR When Pearl Tull's husband, Beck, abandons her she pours her energies into preserving normality. Only gradually do her three children realise their father is gone for good. Now, as Pearl lies on her deathbed, the impact of Beck's abrupt departure unspools: on Cody who can't overcome his anger, on mild Ezra who must always keep the peace, and on bright, errant Jenny. And so the secrets, memories and anguish of the Tull family begin to surface.

Beach Book Bundle: 3 Novels for Summer Reading

Beach Book Bundle: 3 Novels for Summer Reading

Author: Anne Tyler, Monica McInerney Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2012

The warmth of the summer touches three acclaimed novels full of romance, intrigue, and heartfrom beloved authors Anne Tyler, Monica McInerney, and Maeve Binchy. This amazing eBook collection is the perfect companion, whether you're spending the day at the beach or a quiet evening in your own backyard. BREATHING LESSONS Anne Tyler Winner of the Pulitzer Prize ';A wonderful novel, glowing with the insight and compassion of an artist's touch.'The Boston Globe Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for twenty-eight yearsand it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, in their ability to tolerate with affection each other's eccentricities. Maggie is a kooky, lovable optimist who wants nothing more than to fix her son's broken marriage, while Ira is infuriatingly practical. When what begins as a day trip to a funeral becomes an adventure in the unexpected, Maggie and Ira must navigate the riotous twists and turns. Together they rediscover the magic of the road called life and the joy of having somebody to share the ride with, bumps and all. THE ALPHABET SISTERS Monica McInerney ';Charm, laughter, and tears . . . a delightful story that shows how quarrels can be solved with love and loyalty.'Woman's Day As girls growing up in the Clare Valley, Australia, Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars known as the Alphabet Sisters. As adults, though, the women haven't spoken in yearsever since Bett's fiance deserted her to marry the younger Carrie. But now their flamboyant grandmother Lola is turning eighty, and she is determined to reunite the girls for a blowout bash. And no one ever says no to Lola. The women's short visit becomes a much longer commitment when an unexpected turn of events changes everything in ways none of them could ever have imagined. FIREFLY SUMMER Maeve Binchy ';The best Binchy yet.'The New York Times Book Review Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern, four lovely children, and such wonderful dreams. Then American millionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town to build a grand hotel, with its promise of wealth and change. As love and hate vie for a town's quiet heart, loyalties are challenged, jealousies ignited, and old traditions begin to crumble away.

Beginner's Goodbye

Beginner's Goodbye

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2012

Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearancesin their house, on the roadway, in the market. Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy's unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye. A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler's humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

Noah's Compass

Noah's Compass

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2010

'As exquisitely observed and quietly brilliant as the rest of Tyler's fiction' Guardian Liam Pennywell has spent most of his life dodging issues and skirting adventure when suddenly, in his sixty-first year, something happens that jolts him out of his certainty and leaves him with a frightening gap in his memory. In trying to piece together what took place on his first night in a new apartment, Liam finds instead an unusual woman with secrets of her own, and a late-flowering love that brings its own set of thorny problems... **ANNE TYLER HAS SOLD OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS WORLDWIDE** 'One of my favourite authors' Liane Moriarty 'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan 'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve 'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks

Noah's Compass

Noah's Compass

Author: Anne Tyler Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2010

From the incomparable Anne Tyler, a wise, gently humorous, and deeply compassionate novel about a schoolteacher, who has been forced to retire at sixty-one, coming to terms with the final phase of his life.Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets iswell, something quite different.We all know a Liam. In fact, there may be a little of Liam in each of us. Which is why Anne Tylers lovely novel resonates so deeply.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: The Accidental Tourist

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: The Accidental Tourist

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2007

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

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