Swimming Pool Sunday [NOOK Book]

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One shimmeringly hot Sunday in May, the Delaneys open their pool to the whole village for charity. Louise is there with her daughters, and while the children splash and shriek in the cool blue waters, she basks in the sunshine, attempting to ignore her estranged husband and dreaming of the new man in her life, a charismatic lawyer. The day seems perfect.




Then a sudden and shocking accident changes everyone's lives forever. Recriminations start to fly. Whose fault was it? ...

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Swimming Pool Sunday

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Overview

One shimmeringly hot Sunday in May, the Delaneys open their pool to the whole village for charity. Louise is there with her daughters, and while the children splash and shriek in the cool blue waters, she basks in the sunshine, attempting to ignore her estranged husband and dreaming of the new man in her life, a charismatic lawyer. The day seems perfect.




Then a sudden and shocking accident changes everyone's lives forever. Recriminations start to fly. Whose fault was it? Louise's new lover insists that she sues the Delaneys. Her ex-husband isn't so sure. Opinion in the village is split. Old friendships start to crumble. New ones are formed. Will the repercussions from the accident ever end?


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466879041
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 9,732
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author

Sophie Kinsella

Madeline Wickham is the author of Swimming Pool Sunday. Some of her other novels include Cocktails for Three, Sleeping Arrangements, and The Wedding Girl: A Novel.



Madeleine Wickham is the author of several acclaimed novels, including A Desirable Residence, Cocktails for Three, Sleeping Arrangements and The Wedding Girl. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written a number of bestsellers including the Shopaholic series, Twenties Girl, Remember Me?, The Undomestic Goddess, and Can You Keep a Secret? Confessions of a Shopaholic was made into a major motion picture starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy. Born in London, Wickham studied at New College, Oxford. She lives in London with her husband and family.

Biography

When we first meet Becky Bloomwood in Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic, she's a financial journalist in London who's quickly realizing that though she may be a writer for Successful Saving magazine, she could use help practicing what she preaches. She's helplessly driving herself into debt buying things she can't afford, at one point rationalizing that buying something 30 percent off is actually saving money. Becky was a hit with readers and spawned a franchise for Kinsella. In subsequent books, readers have followed her through a temptingly whirlwind series of adventures, with her best friend, Suze, and Luke, the love of her life, often along for the ride.

The Shopaholic books are little tours of fabulousness, where objects are introduced not as incidental to the story but as key players. Becky may not attend to certain life details such as bills or space to store all of her purchases, but she knows how to pay proper homage to the details in a dress or a vintage cocktail table. When she packs for a trip, we get the list of what she's bringing. What's more, she rationalizes and justifies purchases before you can say, "Credit or cash?" (The answer for Becky, by the way, is usually credit.)

Those who value integrity or depth in their fictional characters would be well advised to steer clear of Becky; but Shopaholic fans identify with her weaknesses, finding her more sympathetic than sinister. She can be maddening in her lack of discipline or self-reflectiveness, but Kinsella has taken a cue from Jane Austen's Emma by infusing her character with enough optimism, heart, and generous spirit to overcome her faults. Becky always reassuringly lands right-side-up, making these books a fun flight of fancy.

The author has interspersed her popular series with a handful of stand-alone confections featuring protagonists as charming and deliciously funny as the Shopaholic. Fortunately for her many fans, Sophie Kinsella has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of affection for her characters. May it fuel many books to come!

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Kinsella:

"I am a serial house mover: I have moved house five times in the last eight years! But I'm hoping I might stay put in this latest one for a while."

"I've never written a children's book, but when people meet me for the first time and I say I write books, they invariably reply, 'Children's books?' Maybe it's something about my face. Or maybe they think I'm J. K. Rowling!"

"If my writing comes to a halt, I head to the shops: I find them very inspirational. And if I get into real trouble with my plot, I go out for a pizza with my husband. We order a pitcher of Long Island Iced Tea and start talking -- and basically keep drinking and talking till we've figured the glitch out. Never fails!"

"Favorite leisure pursuits: a nice hot bath, watching The Simpsons, playing table tennis after dinner, shopping, playing the piano, sitting on the floor with my two small boys, and playing building blocks and Legos."

"Least favorite leisure pursuit: tidying away the building blocks and Legos."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Madeleine Wickham (real name)
    2. Hometown:
      London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 12, 1969
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford University, 1990; M.Mus., King's College, London, 1992
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Not what I would have expected from this author

    Difficult read...definitely not her best. Wish I had waited for the reviews before purchasing. Such a shame, this is really a very talented author. I normally can't put down her books once I start reading them. Here's hoping her next novel will bring that feeling back!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2015

    Caleb

    Walk in...sup everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2015

    Madi

    Lisa u can just stay away from me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2015

    Lola

    "Babe, if you're still here, I probably won't be on until next week. Okay?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2015

    J

    Walks in. Lights a cigarette.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2015

    Emma

    Walks in wearing a tight bikini and strips down.she leans over exposing her beautiful shaved c.unt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2015

    Paige

    Res 6 my bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2015

    Kurt

    *watches from a distance* (hey, i've got nothing else to do. Relax, I won't bother ya.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

    Not a favorite.

    Was a slow read. I kept finding myself leaving the book for days and then picking it up again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    So sad

    Shebis my favorite author...i have read every book she has written under both names. So disappointed in this one. By far not her best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

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