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Broken Places

Perriam, Wendy

Published by Robert Hale Ltd
ISBN 10: 0709090986 / ISBN 13: 9780709090984
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Title: Broken Places

Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd

Binding: Hardcover

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Passionately idealistic about his work as a librarian, and his mission to extend literacy and literature into the wider community, Eric's also ruefully aware that he's not exactly Superman. Forced to hide his mysterious background and mortifying fears, he's a man with secrets - withheld even from close friends. Num Pages: 224 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 241 x 165 x 34. Weight in Grams: 692. . 2010. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780709090984

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Synopsis: You may love Eric - or want to shake him! Passionately idealistic about his work as a librarian, and his mission to extend literacy and literature into the wider community, he's also ruefully aware that he's not exactly Superman. Forced to hide his mysterious background and mortifying fears, he's a man with secrets - withheld even from close friends. His once homely wife, now a fashionista, has abandoned him, to live in Seattle with a high-powered corporate kingpin; taking their only child, a moody minx-in-waiting, about to turn thirteen. Yet, against the odds, Eric sets out to prove himself - indeed, even to find a soul-mate. Whether braving 'Choco-Love' Speed-Dating (chocolates provided, but is he a hard nut or a melting cream?); running Wandsworth Prison Book Club; attending an American Church that champions the Gospel of Prosperity, or rescuing his daughter from near-rape - he finally comes to epitomize the truth of Hemingway's words: 'The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places'. Perriam's 22nd publication - and first novel in eight years - this title tackles challenging subjects in humorous mode; combining laugh-out-loud comedy with an analysis of fear, recognized by doctors and philosophers as far back as Hippocrates as one of the most fundamental of human emotions. It also explores the often shocking world of children growing up in care. Whether examining 'broken places', such as children's homes and prisons, or depicting the hilarious snarls of Internet dating and the euphoric angst of love, "Broken Places" provides a powerful and rewarding read.

About the Author: Wendy Perriam has been writing since the age of five. Her fifteen previous novels, which include Absinthe for Elevenses, Sin City, Fifty-Minute Hour and Coupling, have been acclaimed for their psychological insight and their power to disturb, divert and intrigue. Her subsequent six short-story collections explore themes of loss, rebellion and escape. This is her first novel in eight years. Expelled from her convent boarding school for heresy, she read History at Oxford and also trod the boards. After a variety of offbeat jobs, ranging from artist's model to carnation disbudder to researcher on medieval cookery, she now divides her time between writing and teaching. Perriam feels that her many conflicting life experiences - strict convent-school discipline and swinging-sixties wildness; marriage and divorce; infertility and motherhood; 9-to-5 conformity and periodic Bedlam - have helped shape her as a writer. 'Writing allows for shadow-selves. I'm both the staid conformist matron and the slag; the well-organised author toiling at her desk and the madwoman shrieking in a straitjacket.'

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