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When to Walk

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Longlisted for the Orange Prize 2007.
This is a delightful, quirky read. You will be hooked on the main character, Ramble, from the start and be very sorry to say goodbye to her by the end of the book. This is the author's first novel and we hope there will be many more to come.

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Synopsis

When to Walk by Rebecca Gowers

It looks like just another week ahead. Then out of the blue Ramble's husband ends their marriage over lunch and disappears. With no rent money and her world in shreds, she is forced to reconsider everything she's ever been taught by her screwy relatives, unreliable friends and wayward criminal connections. Should she hide in life's slipstream, or has the moment come to break free?

When to Walk is an astonishing debut, lit up with hope and unexpected laughter.

Reviews

Brilliantly original and convincing . . . Tristram Shandy meets Bridget Jones. * * Daily Telegraph * * Gowers's writing is absolutely beautiful. * * The Times * * A humorous romp spiked with the unpredictable and the darkly comic . . . Ramble's mind fascinates and charms . . . the perfect read for those bored with the current surfeit of cliche-ridden chick lit. * * New Statesman * * Clever, comical and unpredictable. * * Tim Pears * * A beautifully written and brilliantly original comedy, blacker than coal and crafted with the delicate precision of a lace-maker. * * Metro * * The first-person narration is engaging, sometimes bleak but never self-pitying, written in a sharp, lapidary style. The story is adorned with neat little insights and discussions of arcane vocabulary and etymologies ... anyone who likes witty, spiky, clever and psychologically acute fiction will like it. -- Brandon Robshaw * * Independent on Sunday * *


About the Author

Rebecca Gowers
Rebecca Gowers was born in the West Country and brought up, south of the river, in London. She currently lives in Oxford. Her first book, The Swamp of Death, was shortlisted in 2004 for a CWA Non-Fiction Golden Dagger Award. When to Walk is her first novel and was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th February 2008

Author

Rebecca Gowers

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781847670434

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