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Small Pleasures

Clare Chambers
Published 29/04/2021
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LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021

1957, the suburbs of South East London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on a local paper, trapped in a life of duty and disappointment from which there is no likelihood of escape. When a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud. As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean is suddenly given an unexpected chance at friendship, love and - possibly - happiness.

But there will, inevitably, be a price to pay. 

'A WORD-OF-MOUTH HIT' Evening Standard

'A very fine book... It's witty and sharp and reads like something by Barbara Pym or Anita Brookner, without ever feeling like a pastiche' David Nicholls

'Perfect' India Knight 

'Beautiful' Jessie Burton

'Wonderful' Richard Osman

'Miraculous' Tracy Chevalier

'A wonderful novel. I loved it' Nina Stibbe

'Effortless to read, but every sentence lingers in the mind' Lissa Evans

'This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I honestly don't want you to be without it' Lucy Mangan

'Gorgeous... If you're looking for something escapist and bittersweet, I could not recommend more' Pandora Sykes

'Remarkable... Small Pleasures is no small pleasure' The Times

'Chambers' eye for undemonstrative details achieves a Larkin-esque lucidity' Guardian

'An almost flawlessly written tale of genuine, grown-up romantic anguish' The Sunday Times



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