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Back Trouble

by Clare Chambers

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Yes, Romcom, I'm embarrassed to admit. I'm not sure how Ms Chambers got on my Wish List, but she won't make it to my exclusive Favourites tag! Actually, I think it might have been a LibraryThing suggestion that started me on this, which proves that computers aren't good at everything. On the other hand, this book was by no means just rubbish, it's perhaps at the higher end of the romantic comedy scale. I never thought about taking the Nancy Pearl option and it was a nice light book to carry around in my back pack for a couple of days and the lightness of the story distracted me from my own troubles for a while. I think Chambers' skill is in painting a picture with places, characters and relationships that we can recognise as being close to the real ones we encounter in the western urban middle-class world. There's even a slightly more serious side to some of this story, although of course people tend to live happily ever after in this genre. ( )
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I felt so groggy when I woke up that I decided to leave the hearse at Tim's and walk home.
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On the brink of forty, newly single and with a failed business, Philip thought he'd reached an all-time low. It only needed a discarded chip on a South London street to lay him literally flat. So, bedbound and bored, Philip naturally starts to write the story of his life. But the mundane catalogue of seaside holidays and bodged DIY, broken relationships and unspoken truths, reveals more surprises, both comic and touching, than Philip or his family ever bargained for. Even, perhaps, a happy ending...
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