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The Emergence of Judy Taylor by Angela Jackson

The Emergence of Judy Taylor

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The Emergence of Judy Taylor is a story of a woman who one day questions her life, her existence and decides that it’s not enough. It is a journey of first loves and second chances with smatterings of love, life, sex and starlings along the way.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Emergence of Judy Taylor a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'I fell in love with The Emergence of Judy Taylor from the very first page and by the end of chapter one I was already mourning the fact that the book wasn't longer...' - Sarah Harper. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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The Emergence of Judy Taylor by Angela Jackson

Judy Taylor married the first man who asked her. She lives in the neighbourhood where she spent her uneventful childhood. She still has the same friends she first met in primary school. But everything she once knew is about to be turned upside down. Judy might be ready to start a new life in vibrant Edinburgh, if she's prepared to accept what it means to change. First she has to ask herself if it's ever too late to make up for lost time.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Emergence of Judy Taylor. You can read their reviews below.

Rachel Bridgeman - 'A veritable TARDIS of a debut novel, much much bigger on the inside...' Click here to read the full review.

Suzanne Marsh - 'I loved reading The Emergence of Judy Taylor.' Click here to read the full review.

Linda Hill - 'In her fantastic short novel Angela Jackson considers the important questions 'Am I happy? What does that mean?' in a totally engaging way.' Click here to read the full review.

Ruth Paterson - 'This is a short and interesting tale. It has a good balance of light-hearted moments whilst still being realistic and emotive.' Click here to read the full review.

Phylippa Smithson - 'This is a fantastic read! I totally ‘got’ what Judy was going through and why she took the risk and wrath of her family and friends (even those most close) to take the action she took.' Click here to read the full review.

Joan Hill - 'This is a novel that explores the life of an ordinary lady who wants more from life than she already has. It also explores the new life she creates.' Click here to read the full review.

Carol Peace - 'This book took me though every emotion, in a good way...I loved the book and could relate to Judy and indeed the trials and tribulations that she met. I laughed, cried, and sympathised with her.' Click here to read the full review.

Sarah Harper - I fell in love with The Emergence of Judy Taylor from the very first page and by the end of chapter one I was already mourning the fact that the book wasn't longer... I thoroughly enjoyed this book and certainly hope to read more from Angela Jackson in the future.' Click here to read the full review.

Jill Peters - 'I thoroughly enjoyed emerging from Judy’s previous life into the life awaiting the other side. It was a frustrating, funny and sometimes sad journey but all was well in the end.' Click here to read the full review.

Judith Sharp - 'Everyone will find something to relate to in this book and sides will be taken as you read...Well worth reading, you might even learn something about yourself in the process. Enjoy.' Click here to read the full review.

Angela Hunt - 'This book was an easy read, and you really empathise with Judy. She is an easy character to "love"...If you are looking for a good strong story with a likeable "heroine", this is for you.' Click here to read the full review.

Barbara Goldie - 'This is a gentle story about love and second chances. Love is found and love is lost, second chances are forced and second chances are taken. A relaxing read.' Click here to read the full review.

Cherrill Deans - 'Angela Jackson brings a new take to an age old story...Her work as a psychologist has surely been a major influence on her ability to draw and define characters and know how they function and dysfunction.' Click here to read the full review.

Shelley Fallows - 'This is a story of a woman who one day questions her life, her existence and decides that it’s not enough...It was a good story and although I wasn’t itching to turn the page I did enjoy reading it.' Click here to read the full review.

Further praise for The Emergence of Judy Taylor.

'Incredibly droll, sensitive and intelligent. Not a word out of place. Angela is a true writer and an extremely powerful and promising voice.' -- Bidisha

'The Emergence of Judy Taylor is a heart-wrenching yet dryly funny tale of relationships and second chances.' Grazia

'One of the debuts of the year.' Meandmybigmouth blog

About the Author

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson was recently named one of UNESCO City of Literature's emerging writers. By day, she is a coach and a lecturer in psychology and education. She has written features for various newspapers including the Guardian and the Independent. The Emergence of Judy Taylor is her first novel.

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21st November 2013


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288 pages


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