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Clean Start by Patricia Margaret Page
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"Tom was obsessed with legs. A fanatic. He never forgot a pair of good ones, nor when and where he saw them. He even marked them out of a hundred: never under serventy because in that case they wouldn't be worth bothering about and never over ninety because such a score would mean near perfection and he liked to keep that as a tantalising possibilty" Never over ninety until one cold night in a Paris cafe, Sally sits down opposite Tom and his wife Jane. They are a couple of young expats, he English, she Australian, lured to Paris by it's promise of romance and inspiration. Their bohemian life is carefree and fulfilling until the night they meet the volatile, intriguing Sally. Then things change. This is a story of dissolving dreams, innocence lost, the complexity of sexuality and the difficulties of love. It is also a vivid, often humorous evocation of Paris in the sixties: it's sights and sensations, it's boulevards and cafes, it's luxury and poverty, it's fading artistic scene. The taste of the food, the feel of the snow, the memory of the characters linger long after the final page.… (more)

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