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The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

by William Nicholson

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May 2010 Book of the Month.

A wonderful collection of characters, in a small Sussex village, all have their secrets, resentments, heartache and desires. A book that will keep you gripped from page one. This author is perhaps better know for his teen fiction but this book shows his talents cross over in to the world of adult fiction too.

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The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life Synopsis

Laura is content enough with her marriage, two children and part-time job. That is, until a lover from her past comes back into her life. Suddenly passion and excitement are rekindled, and she realises how stagnant her life has become. But how much happiness has she a right to expect? Unknown to Laura, many others in her Sussex village are living with their own unresolved inner dramas. None of them guesses at her crisis. Yet every decision they take has an impact on those around them. The hidden longings of a large cast of characters interweave in a gripping plot that reveals ordinary life at its richest : comic and tragic, poignant and cruel, surprising and moving - and brilliantly entertaining.

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life Press Reviews

'Utterly captures the sense of quiet desperation of ordinary lives, the huge emotional vulnerability of having children and the ways in which life turns on a sixpence.'
Kate Mosse.

'Nicholson writes about all his diverse characters with great kindness and he's one of those rare novelists who can write about sex'
Marina Lewycka.

'The writing is unobtrusively brilliant - I can't remember enjoying and admiring a new novel more'
Elizabeth Jane Howard.

'An absolute winner ... amazingly perceptive, very moving, wholly absorbing. What a huge treat is waiting for those who have not read it!'
Juliet Nicolson, author of The Perfect Summer

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ISBN: 9781849161954
Publication date: 27/05/2010
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781847248121
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781849161954
Publication date: 27th May 2010
Author: William Nicholson
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About William Nicholson

William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. He was educated at Downside School and Christ's College, Cambridge, and then joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. There his ambition to write, directed first into novels, was channelled into television drama. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society's Writer's Award. His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for the stage, ...

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