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Worldwide Adventures In Love

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May 2009 Book of the Month.

A lovely book full of nostalgia and warmth. Jessie’s story is set in the 1970’s and finds her coping with a family life that is breaking down around her. In the letters she finds from Edith, a female explorer in the 1930’s we find another life, very different from Jessie’s, but still coping with the same worries and relationship problems. This will make you laugh and cry and laugh a bit more. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Worldwide Adventures In Love by Louise Wener

'Edith's house interested us from the beginning'

Mysterious and inviting, Jessie and Margaret are drawn to their reclusive neighbour's house. It offers an escape from the dreary summer of 1977 and their fragile family life, into a world they can only dream about. When the house suddenly burns down at the same time as their mother moves out to live with her new boyfriend, and their father develops an unhealthy crush on a woman in their street, life seems bleak for the girls.

Escaping the claustrophobia of family life isn't easy, until the story of an eccentric and beautiful female explorer from the 1930s unfolds in a series of letters. In these letters she tells stories of far-flung places, secrets, doomed love and adventure. Her determination to live life to the full, risking everything cares about, holds untold consequences for all of them.


'Explores the boundaries of human relationships and what it means to live life to the full' * Historical Novels Review * 'Two compelling stories are beautifully played out, with shocking revelations' * Prima * Fizzing with the daily drama of life that unfolds in the wake of love, betrayal and responsibility, this has a charm that will keep you enthralled * Good Housekeeping * An unlikely mix of inter-war glamour and politics, punk rebelliousness and teenage angst is told with affection and imagination * Easy Living * Great storytelling * Elle * A bigger novel in scope, power and poignancy than anything she's attempted before . . . warm and wise * Daily Mirror * Gorgeous . . . Atmospheric, stylish and engaging * Alex Heminsley in thelondonpaper * Wonderfully evocative . . . This is a skillfully crafted, emotionally powerful novel, full of incisive insight into the thrills and pain that accompany the journey to adulthood * Glamour *'

About the Author

Louise Wener

Louise Wener was born and raised in Ilford, East London. In the mid nineties, after years of singing into hair brushes and working in dead end jobs, she found fame as lead singer with the pop band Sleeper and went on to record three top ten albums and eight top forty singles. She is now a full time author and mother of two.

Photograph © Debra Hurford Brown

Below is a Q & A with this author.

What's the first book you remember reading : The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. I rented it from the library every week for months when I was about six. I remember finding it scary each time I read it but loving it just the same. The imagery is quite creepy and claustrophobic and for as long as I can remember, I've always hated the snow. I think it must be partly down to this fairy tale.

Where do you write? At home at the kitchen table, or on the sofa with laptop balanced on my knee. We have an attic room in our house that was meant to be a work room for me, but I'm married to a drummer who owns three drum kits. They take up all available work space.

What's your "writing day" like?
It really varies. Before I had kids I used to be very relaxed about it. I'd wander down to the local coffee shop around ten, buy a latte and a paper, come back, open the computer, answer email, Google for a bit, then write for the afternoon as soon as I was into the flow. These days I start writing the minute I'm kid free and barely look up from the computer until they're back. Time is much more precious now and I have to be able to switch into work mode right away. I wrote a lot of Worldwide Adventures while my youngest was napping. The one rule I've always stuck to is to try and write 1000 words a day.

Writing songs and writing novels are very different, do you prefer one to the other? Songwriting comes in sharp bursts and can be incredibly quick from start to finish. We had hit songs that took less than an hour to write and I always felt that the best songs came when I didn't over think them. Writing a novel it's a much slower burn and the refinement process is very much longer. I can't pick between them. It's thrilling to write a good tune but coming to the end of a novel feels like you've climbed a small mountain.

Who do you most admire and why? Tyra Banks for giving America's Next Top Model to the world.

If your house was burning down what would you save? Apart from husband kids and cat, not much. Photos, perhaps, or the guitar I always played in Sleeper. I'm insanely sentimental, but more about places than mementos and material things. On reflection it would probably have to be my daughter's Peppa Pig tea set. It's her favourite toy.

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16th April 2009


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Hodder & Stoughton General Division


304 pages


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