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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (Dec 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055277670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776707
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Following The Tennis Party (LJ 3/1/96), Wickham's delightful tale of entanglements examines the manners and morals of three family units in suburban London. Teachers Liz and Jonathan Chambers have a difficult adolescent daughter, two mortgages, an old home, and a new business, Silchester Tutorial College. When real estate mogul Marcus Witherstone finds tenants for the Chambers's old house, their finances improve. However, personal entanglements create problems for Liz and Marcus, as well as for 14-year-old Alice and the tenants, Piers and Ginny. While circumventing the consequences of deceit and guilt, the main characters acknowledge and rectify mistakes, thus ensuring a satisfying completion. Recommended for popular collections.?Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A nice property in Silchester is the common bond for a disparate cast of characters in this second novel by Wickham (The Tennis Party, 1996). Teachers Liz and Jonathan Chambers put the house they love on the market to finance a flagging tutorial college, for which Liz has great plans. When the house doesn't sell after months, Marcus Witherstone of Witherstone & Co. steps in, first finding tenants for a rental, then starting a relationship with Liz that goes beyond business. Fourteen-year-old Alice Chambers, longing for her old house, becomes infatuated with its new tenants, property PR woman Ginny and (especially) her actor husband, Piers, who's up for a major role in a TV soap opera. Meanwhile, Marcus participates in a fraudulent scheme while his wife, Anthea, is driven with ambition for their older son Daniel's academic future, which also is aided by Jonathan. Life may not be fair, but in Wickham's capable hands, just desserts are served in a satisfying and entertaining fashion. Michele Leber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 21 1999
Format: Paperback
Reading "Desirable Residence" was like going to a party and hearing the latest gossip about all your friends and neighbors. The plot was juicy and the characters likable. As a huge Maeve Binchy fan, I enjoyed reading another British author with a flair for characters and plots that connect them to each other. It was a fun and frothy book and made me want to read more of Wickham's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wickham's characters are great and it is easy to get drawn in to the quick paced plot. My favourite character was kindly Jonathan and I found myself just as annoyed with his clingy, pest of a daughter Alice as did the characters she was clinging to like a barnacle. She did redeem her self somewhat late in the book but not enough to make me stop wondering why she couldn't take a hint. Several different plots overlap and sort themselves out quite nicely in the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kay on June 1 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a great read, well worth the money I spent, which I can't say for every book I buy. I wish this author had more available, because this is the kind of book I like to take on trips. It has interesting characters, a compelling story line that moves along quickly, intelligent writing, and lots of charm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By happy reader on Jan. 17 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Madeleine Wickham describes her characters in such a manner that you are drawn to each one..although they all have human failings.There were so many twists and turns and I couldn't see how it all would get together..much less turn out well.
But....everything came together in a very satisfying way. I loved this book and really was sorry to end it. If you're a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher, you will love this book too.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 5 2010
Format: Audio CD
Those who enjoyed the over-the-top popular Shopaholic series will be delighted to find that Madeline Wickham (who wrote the Shopaholics as Sophie Kinsella) has returned with her trademark tart wit, unerring eye, and imagination to introduce us to Liz and Jonathan Chambers who find themselves thigh-high in debt thanks to two mortgages, sky rocketing bills and an unknowable, impossible young daughter, Alice.

Set in suburban London Liz and Jonathan see no way out of their financial troubles until Marcus, a realtor, appears (more than appears as he and Liz begin an affair). Marcus is a busy guy - he also suggests that Jonathan and Liz rent their unsold home to a couple from London, wonderful idea until the tenants arrive - Ginny and Piers Prestice.

Ginny is a glam gal with a PR job, and husband Piers is a wannabe actor who may or may not land a top spot on an upcoming soapie. Thus begins the merry mix-up (think a Noel Coward comedy of errors and characters). Surprisingly, Alice takes a liking to the Prentices; Anthea, Marcus's wife thinks Jonathan can do no wrong; Marcus regrets a past not-too-smart business deal There is an assortment of woes, enough for all and more.

If we're still thinking of a Noel Coward comedy, it's Act III and Ginny hosts a party on the eve of Piers's all-important audition. You're going to have to listen to hear the fireworks at this festive event.

Voice performer Kate Kellgren is the perfect performer to bring this cast of characters to life - she has perfect comic timing and a range that allows listeners to quickly and easily distinguish Liz from Ginny and Alice from Althea, etc.

Loads of wily Wickham fun! Enjoy.

- Gail Cooke
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