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The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp by Eva Rice

The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

A frivolous tale of a vicar’s daughter who loves horses and has a nice voice and a determined attitude becoming an “overnight star”. This is a fairy tale of 50’s/60’s “swinging London” where everyone is either rich, talented or trendy (or all three) and very mature for their age and background. Most are on drugs and I’d guess the band was based on the Rolling Stones (see what you think). Given the author is Tim Rice’s daughter she’s obviously got lots of authentic references but not always correct period detail, but hey, it’s full of romance in all senses of the word. Not her best work (I loved The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets) but good fun.

The Lovereading view...

The bittersweet coming-of-age story of Tara Jupp. Filled with warmth and wit, we follow Tara and her sister Lucy's journey from the innocence and safety of a Cornish family home to a life living out all our dreams: a pop star in 60s London, surrounded by the glitterati. Her past however continues to haunt her. Eva Rice's previous novel The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets was a Richard and Judy pick and her fans won't be disappointed with her latest.

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The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp by Eva Rice

Country girl Tara is whisked off to Sixties London to become a pop star; there she is dressed, she is shown off at Chelsea parties, photographed by the best. She meets songwriters, singers, designers, and records her song, and falls in love. But behind the buzz and excitement of her success, concern about her beautiful, wild sister Lucy and the bitter relationship with their friend Matilda haunts Tara. Their past friendship is broken, and among the deceptions and the strangeness of both their marriages, the buried secrets keep on reappearing. The brilliant new world of fashion and music, of mini skirts and rock 'n' roll, of the Marquee Club and The Palladium, is also one of love and heartache.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Misintepretation of Tara Jupp. You can read their reviews below.

Francesa Ashurst - peopled with a wonderful and compelling cast of characters...If Eva Rice first seduced you with ‘The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets’ her new novel, ‘The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp’, will steal your heart. Click here to read the full review.

Annabel Gaskell - Take one big happy family; add some horses, a big country manor in Cornwall, plus doses of first love which doesn’t go easily. Shake it up and relocate to London; mix with rock’n’roll and serve with love again. This is the essential recipe for Eva Rice’s new novel, a thick and satisfying feel-good read. This is a big-hearted novel about achieving your dreams, and while it may not spring any big surprises, the characters are rounded and compelling to read about. Click here to read the full review.

Vanessa Wild - 'A delightful coming of age tale set in the rock 'n' roll 50s and swinging 60s about the life and times of Tara Jupp, a budding singing star...I was hooked from the first page and I couldn't put the book down.' Click here to read the full review.

Nicola Foster - This engaging and atmospheric story should appeal to absolutely anyone looking for an entertaining, character-driven read. I can't wait for the authors next book! Click here to read the full review.

Lindsay Healy - This is an enjoyable, atmospheric and engaging read that brings another time and place vividly to life. The writing is warm and witty and the characters, especially Tara, are charming and come to life as you read; you feel part of the journey, spirited back to the sixties with Tara and Lucy as they grow up, fall in love, leave their familiar surroundings to take on the world and follow their dreams. Click here to read the full review.

Kath Martin - This is a tale of the 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' beginnings of the swinging sixties (before the drugs!) when teenagers had only just been invented. The final chapter manages to sort everyone out and provide all the happy endings you could wish for. Click here to read the full review.

Joan Hill - 'I found the story engaging enough, the different settings were well described and interesting...If you loved ‘The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets’ I think you would enjoy reading this novel'. Click here to read the full review.

Tracey Poulter - This is a charming, coming of age novel which deals with friendship, love and trust. It follows the lives of sisters Tara and Lucy along with Matilda, the ‘poor little rich girl’ from their beginnings in Cornwall to London in the Sixties. Click here to read the full review.

Praise for Eva Rice:

'Eminently readable ... Dense with detail, and richly filmic in the way it sets vivid scenes and recreates clashes between the old and the new - musically, visually, stylistically'

'An absolutely smashing read
Marie Claire

'A beautifully observed coming-of-age story
Woman and Home

'Vintage style drips from every page

About the Author

Eva Rice

Eva Rice's first book, A Guide to the Characters of Enid Blyton, was published in 1997. Her first novel Standing Room Only was published in 2000 and is available from Coronet. She lives in London.

Photograph © Debra Hurford Brown

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29th August 2013


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