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Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope

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Susie Moran has always been the breadwinner in her family. Her husband was the one who was there for their three girls. But now he wants something of his past back - the life he had before Susie's career took off, before they had children.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Joanna Trollope is on cracking form in this glorious family saga set against a backdrop of crockery-filled dressers. Susie Moran has built a highly profitable pottery business, breathing life into a defunct Stafford-shire pottery, and involving her three, very different daughters. When her estranged father, who left her as a child, turns up unannounced, it is the catalyst for the unravelling of nearly everything Susie thought important in her life, including her marriage. As she gets to know her father, she realises that her life has been one big juggling act, and all the balls are in danger of coming crashing down.
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Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope

Four strong women. All working in a family business. But what happens when they begin to want different things? And what about the men - and the children - in their lives? Susie Moran has always been the breadwinner in her family. Her husband was the one who was there for their three girls. But now he wants something of his past back - the life he had before Susie's career took off, before they had children. And those children don't see their mother's business the way she has always seen it, thereby threatening the balance she has worked so hard to achieve. And then, amidst the simmering tensions, someone significant from the past, someone almost forgotten, turns up. The problems of the past, the present, and the future all become challenges to the stability of both family and work. Which relationships - if any - will survive?

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Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy, and the outcomes of this terrific novel are always believable as they are surprising. To be relished. The Times Trollope is an extremely assured writer, with a brilliant eye for detail and a finely tuned emotional intelligence ... she writes absorbing, wise stories that dramatise the dilemmas we face. In Balancing Act, she has done it again. Sunday Times Joanna Trollope, whose evocations of human relationships are as ever penetrating and engaging. Daily Express With her compassion for her characters, Trollope cuts to the quick of family life, and the difference between men and women. I loved it. -- Fanny Blake Woman & Home, Jan 14 Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope. Good Housekeeping

About the Author

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope was our Guest Editor in February 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Joanna Trollope OBE has written numerous highly-acclaimed contemporary novels including: The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector’s Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People’s Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South, Brother and Sister, Second Honeymoon, Friday Night, The Other Family, Daughters-in-Law and The Soldier's Wife. Under the name of Caroline Harvey she writes romantic historical novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia’s Daughters.

Joanna Trollope was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature and was the Chair of Judges for the Orange Prize form Fiction 2012.

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20th November 2014


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Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


432 pages


Family Drama
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