Charlotte's Friends


This is a reading of the first novel by television presenter and broadcaster Sarah Kennedy. Charlotte has two close friends from her school days—Barty and Therese. Although the two girls don't know it, they are the most important people in Charlotte's life—and she will do anything to keep them.

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This is a reading of the first novel by television presenter and broadcaster Sarah Kennedy. Charlotte has two close friends from her school days—Barty and Therese. Although the two girls don't know it, they are the most important people in Charlotte's life—and she will do anything to keep them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The flat recollection of a materially privileged, emotionally deprived childhood mark this dreary tale about pathetic, egotistical aristocrat and part-time BBC Agony Aunt, or advice columnist, Charlotte Pierce. Age 42 and single, Charlotte spends the bulk of her days recalling the injuries inflicted on her by her alcoholic mother, philandering father and cruel younger brother. When sent away to St. Margaret's girls' school, Charlotte latched on to two classmates, Barty and Therese, whom she designated as her family. While still in school, Charlotte turned her friends against each other so that she could be best friend to each, an arrangement which, murderously orchestrated by Charlotte, has obtained for more than 20 years. Readers learn that Barty's new lesbian lover fell victim to Charlotte and that Charlotte also hastened the demise of a hated BBC producer who suffered a heart attack. Having instigated Barty's increased dependence on her, Charlotte keeps Therese nearby by exposing the criminal past of Therese's lover and thus driving him away. What Charlotte can't manipulate to her own ends is the reunion at St. Margaret's at which her evil deeds are likely to be exposed. Though the material is potentially engaging, this first fiction effort is marked most by a clinical coldness. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Charlotte Pierce appears to have everything: aristocratic background, pots of money, a small but visible job at the BBC, and a stunning house in Belgravia. Unfortunately, for a few of those around her, she also suffers the effects of a loveless and humiliating childhood: she's insecure, selfish, and manipulative. The resultant psychosis bodes ill for her two long-time boarding-school girlfriends, whose attachment to her she jealously places above secrecy, deceit, and even murder. An unnerving first psychological thriller, written with deadly flair.
Kirkus Reviews
First novel by Kennedy, a Londoner, chillingly explores the aftermath of a loveless childhood. Charlotte Pierce was born to wealthy Lord and Lady Pierceþher mother an uncaring alcoholic, her father equally indifferent. Sent to boarding school at 13, Charlotte meets Barty McClaren, a child of working parents, and upper-class Therese Allinson-Smith, a pair whoþve long been best friends. Charlotte, employing bribery and guile, succeeds in making it a best-friends trio. Nonetheless, at graduation, still jealous of Barty and Thereseþs relationship, she schemes to alienate them permanently from one another while inserting herself into their futures. Decades later, Charlotte is rich, unmarried, and working for the BBC; Barty is a busy photojournalist, living happily with her adored lesbian partner; and animal-rights enthusiast Therese is shacked up (at her animal sanctuary) with the rough-hewn Mick. Charlotte socializes with both women on a regular basis (in her mind, they form a veritable Family); she even seems fairly content (after warding off a job threat). But then, career moves within The Family promise to ruin everything. Charlotteþs devious countermoves put a stop to the demise, but even so, the foul workings of coincidence bring on the inevitable downfall. Dark and powerful stuff that could use more light touches. Still, this is a chronicle thatþll grip readers to the finish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859986318
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Kennedy is a well known TV presenter and broadcaster who hosts the daily Dawn Patrol programme on Radio 2. She is the author of two non-fiction bestsellers, but this is her first novel.

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