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by Hilary Boyd

eBook Thursdays in the Park epub
  • ISBN: 085738516X
  • Author: Hilary Boyd
  • Genre: No category
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quercus (August 1, 2011)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1882 kb
  • FB2 size 1640 kb
  • Formats lrf doc mbr lit


I was in the park on Thursdays.

First published in Great Britain in 2011 by. Quercus. I was in the park on Thursdays. This book wouldn’t be the book it is without the valuable input I had from the following people: Laura Morris, Jane Wood, Don Boyd, Clare Boyd, Shelley Borkum, Jane Bow, Jenny Ellis, and the whole team at Quercus. Thank you all very much.

Hilary Boyd) completely wraps you in. This book is a must read for women of any ag. - Two Classy Chics. Thursdays In the Park is a well written and remarkable debut novel

Hilary Boyd) completely wraps you in. Thursdays In the Park is a well written and remarkable debut novel. H. Boyd does a great job of highlighting issues of marriage, family, the effects of abuse, individual happiness and love, while developing the poignant story of Jeanie, Ray and George. While this reader was pulling for a happier, fuller life for Jeanie, I felt very frustrated with her reluctance to stand up for herself when bullied and manipulated by her self-absorbed husband, George.

What’s wrong with you, Jean Lawson?’. She sounded cross but Jeanie knew better. You can’t keep letting me win like this. Jeanie was leaning against the court netting, swinging her racket back and forth. She had thought about nothing for three days but Ray and what she had said to him. ‘Bench?’. She waited till they’d settled themselves. The long evening shadows were creeping closer, and with them the spring chill, but they still had about fifteen minutes of the dying, dusty sunlight.

Thursdays in the Park book. I heard Hilary Boyd - on Radio 4 - calling it GranLit which is miles better than GranPorn (which this book certainly is not - the sex scenes are written by omission, the detail is left to the reader's imagination) but the love, which is what matters because love informs the whole of any relationship, is beautifully and hauntingly evoked, showing that when love arrives, no matter what your age or stage in life, it has the same effect at 60 as it does at 16. Thank you Hilary Boyd for writing such a truthful book.

Thursdays In The Park. Jeanie has been married to George for thirty-plus years. I was ripping through this book. It’s the sort of addictive book you think you might be able to resist, but can’t. Warm and well written. But they haven’t had sex for the last ten. George just left the marital bed one night, never to return, never to explain why. Then, one Thursday, only days from her 60th birthday, while in the park with her granddaughter, she meets Ray. They talk, they laugh, they seem to have a strong connection. But can Jeanie risk everything to be with Ray? Listen to a section of the book.

Simultaneously Quercus launched Thursdays in the Park as an e-book. No one was paying much attention to the Kindle audience for gran-lit. Boyd, like many would-be writers, had kept going with journalism and non-fiction commissions. For years she wrote a Mind, Body, Spirit column for the Daily Express, and published books on health-related subjects such as depression, step-parenting and pregnancy. She was wearily familiar with the constraints of the book trade.

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A touching, romantic tale of new attraction and old loyalties.

A touching, romantic tale of new attraction and old loyalties. Jeanie is on the brink of turning sixty, and the man she's been married to for more than half of her life has suddenly abandoned their marital bed. Jeanie is deeply hurt and very confused: Has she done something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? Her pained bewilderment turns to anger as he remains unable, or unwilling, to provide answers.

Hilary Boyd (born 1949) is a Welsh-born British novelist. Her first novel, Thursdays in the Park, became an unexpected best seller

Hilary Boyd (born 1949) is a Welsh-born British novelist. Her first novel, Thursdays in the Park, became an unexpected best seller. Her work, often dealing with the erotic lives of older people, has given rise to a new literary genre, described by the Observer newspaper, as 'gran-lit'.

Jeanie has been a loving wife to George for over thirty years, a devoted mother to their daughter and, recently, an adoring grandmother - all this despite the fact that several years ago, George withdrew from their marital bed with no reason given. At first Jeanie was determined to confront him, but days rolled into weeks, then years, and still she has no idea why it happened. Did she do something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? George won't talk about it. Every Thursday, Jeanie takes her granddaughter to the park, and there she meets Ray, who performs the same weekly duty for his grandson. Ray seems to be everything George isn't - a listener, easy to talk to, open-minded - and sexy. Suddenly Jeanie feels attractive again and, against her will, finds herself falling in love with him. She knows all too well that her new passion threatens everything she holds dear. She must make a choice. Family ties, dramas, secrets and lies all weave their way though this beautiful and insightful first novel written by an author who has the perfect experience to write it.
Comments: (7)
Urllet
Thursdays In the Park is a well written and remarkable debut novel. H. Boyd does a great job of highlighting issues of marriage, family, the effects of abuse, individual happiness and love, while developing the poignant story of Jeanie, Ray and George.

While this reader was pulling for a happier, fuller life for Jeanie, I felt very frustrated with her reluctance to stand up for herself when bullied and manipulated by her self-absorbed husband, George. This may have been due to her strict upbringing by an autocratic father and a mother who went along with his dictates. Of course, trying to decide whether to leave a marriage after 32 years, at the age of 60, would not be an easy choice for any woman to make.

Studies tell us that the abused often become abusers, themselves. George's treatment of Jeanie, while not physical, was, none-the-less, abusive. Granted, his own abuse as a young boy may have fed the need for total control but it is no excuse in the long run.

The relationship between Jeanie and Ray was totally understandable and believable. It was nice to see an older couple taking center stage for a change and being romantic and sexy as well.

I certainly enjoyed reading this novel and would not hesitate to recommend to others with a rating of 41/2 stars.
Joony
It was easy reading and I looked forward to reading more as I began the book. That said, I thought Jeannie was overly sensitive about turning 60 -- my gosh 60 is the new 40 for heaven sake. Maybe not so in UK? And after 10, count 'em 10 whole years of no love making, I would have thought if it were so important to her that she would have done something about it in the beginning not wait a decade. What even bugged me more was the controlling nature of her husband. It seemed he was well off financially and that was supposed to dictate how she would live and retire on HIS schedule. I liked him less for that than giving up sex. Their communication was really nonexistent. Guess that is not that rare. I just couldn't imagine Jeannie moving when she was so bound and determined to keep the store, care for her granddaughter and then her daughter's news upcoming. I guess I ended up having ambivalent feelings about her having liked her more in the beginning of the book.
I didn't feel like reading it wasted my time though it wasn't my favorite book recently.
Nenayally
For once, a realistic story about older adult relationships! Real issues like guilt, family loyalty, selflessness and impossible decisions are skillfully addressed. Spouses take their long term relationships for granted and think that after a certain age and many years they owe each other and their children the stability the family expects. Adult children don't give a millisecond of thought to their parents happiness. They are so involved with their own lives, they could never imagine their parents apart, just as they (or we for that matter) cant manage to think about their own parents having sex or feeling unfulfilled. However, Jeanie was very brave and her situation's resolution deserved. I only have one thing to add. Many times older adults are trapped due to the myriad of health issues that plague them. Also, I express thanks to the author for dealing with this subject matter without stooping to the usual smutty details most romance novels succumb to. We all know the intimate details, so don't need the gratuitous step by step, sometimes way beyond what a usual sex relation involves. Would highly recommend investing the time to read this.
Mr Freeman
I truly enjoyed this story because it was very close to life for me and so many of my friends. Jeanie and George have a failing marriage marred by complacency. Then with no explanation George leaves the marriage bed and makes Jeanie begin to ever so slowly question that. There is a man in the park that she sees on Thursdays with her granddaughter and they do strike up a relationship. It was good to see love after age 60 in all its depths, but the true delight of the story was the journey with Jeanie to rediscover herself and her life - apart from the men in it. All in all, this book was a delight because it seemed so real. I would recommend it all the mature ladies who have lost touch with themselves. There is a bit of Jeanie in each of us - and like her, we long to find the parts we have set aside over time.
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