Item description for Plotting for Beginners: A novel for new beginnings by Sue Hepworth...
"Charming, intelligent and side-splittingly funny. Anyone who is a wife or mother will find a yes' moment on every page."-Lynne Barrett-Lee
Women reach fifty and think they're on the verge of liberation and excitement, and their broken-down men just want to stay home and fart. Or in my case, go and live in a cabin in the Rockies and fart.
Sally Howe plans to spend her husband-free year trying her hand at becoming a wildly successful author. But she's beset by distractions-the first being a queue of local lotharios led by young Billy Bathgate, village postmaster with a tartan trouser habit and an obsession with drain rods.
Plotting for Beginners offers a wry evaluation of long-haul marriages, plus a lesson on how to hit menopause running and seize your freedom when the family has gone.
Sue Hepworth previously worked as a research psychologist, social researcher, full-time mother, and various combinations of these, and she has been a frequent contributor to The Times. She lives in the Peak District with her husband in an empty nest and is addicted to sweet peas and romantic comedies.
Jane Linfoot was brought up in North Yorkshire and on Teesside. She has trained and worked as an architect, spent seven years in rural France, had children, moved thousands of hay bales, and pruned a lot of vines. Linfoot now lives in a sheltered spot up a mountain road in the Peak District with her children and assorted animals. She enjoys slide shows and Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolets. She also plays around with houses and writes.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.56" Width: 4.96" Height: 1.18" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher Snowbooks Ltd.
ISBN 1905005121 ISBN13 9781905005123
Availability 0 units.
More About Sue Hepworth
Before becoming a writer, Sue Hepworth worked as a research psychologist, a social researcher, a full-time mother, and various combinations of these. Sue has been a frequent contributor to The Times. She lives in the Peak District with her husband in an empty nest and is addicted to sweet peas and romantic comedies.
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A charmer! Jul 28, 2008
Sally Howe is one of the most likable characters I've met up with in ages. She's plodding away (while plotting), and the author provides just enough obstacles to make Sally's peaceful writing environment realistic, as well as to bring her sense of humor and kindness into relief. I discovered the book in a South Florida bookstore; the cover looked so appealing, and the story vastly exceeded my expectations. The characters are all delightfully nutty, and Sally's struggles are amusing, enlightening, and presented with great joie de vivre while not insulting the reader. There's plenty to come away with here. A delightful read, even if you're not a wife, mother or struggling writer, and I look forward to the sequel. There had better be a sequel.
Too good to be true Jul 8, 2008
If you are a writer of any sort, especially unpublished, you will find this book to be a kindred spirit. Witty. Self-depracating (don't you wish more fiction WAS?) Congenial. I can't wait to read her next book.
A delightful book. Feb 13, 2007
Picked up a copy of 'Plotting for Beginners' when we were in London last fall. The cover immediately caught my eye when I saw it at the bookshop. And the rest of the title: 'A Novel for New Beginnings.' Turned it over and the excerpt at the top did it: 'Women reach fifty and think they're on the verge of liberation and excitement, and their broken-down men just want to stay home and fart. Or in my case, go and live in a cabin in the Rockies and fart.'
What's not to like? No way it was staying at the bookshop. It came home with us.
Sally's husband, Gus, wants to be like Thoreau and go live in a cabin in the woods for a year. With one small difference, though. A cabin in the Rocky Mountains. Keep in mind that Sally and Gus live in the Peak District in England. Their oldest son, Daniel, lives in Denver so there will be transition assistance for Gus. This leaves Sally at home with a year of peace, quiet and time to write and become a best selling author. Except, her brother moves in as his wife has left him and they've sold their house leaving no where else for him to go. Her son, Sam, comes home for college break and decides he doesn't want to go back to school. Richard's good friend, Iain, visits and finds Sally very attractive. Then there's the writer's group, Richard's home repairs, and hot flashes. Along with all the distractions and challenges, Sally actually does get her writing done and several articles published.
As you have probably guessed Plotting for Beginners lives up to both its cover and its title. A delightful read both funny and wise. I only wish it were longer as it was great fun spending a year with Sally and Gus. I didn't want it to end. Highly recommended.