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About the Author
Clare Chambers is the author of several books and whose awards include the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for Learning to Swim and the Stockport Book Award for Burning Secrets.
"Gripping...penetrates the secret hopes and passionate inner lives of ordinary working people. The characters provoke so much empathy, readers may have trouble remembering that they're fictional." -- Booklist
"Small Pleasures is an almost flawlessly written tale of genuine, grown-up romantic anguish. Written in prose that is clipped as closely as suburban hedges, this is a book about seemingly mild people concealing turbulent feelings." -- Johanna Thomas-Corr, Sunday Times
"I've had about five people recommend this to me, which is quite rare... It's a novel about the last throw of the dice, the last chance perhaps of finding a life of happiness when you've had a struggle. The writing is beautiful. This is also the first novel Chambers has written for 10 years, which I find really inspiring--she's come back with this absolute humdinger. It's just so nice to read a book by someone who's so confident with their talent." -- Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist
"Small Pleasures is a tender and heart-rending tale that will draw you in from the first page and keep you gripped until the very end. Exquisitely compelling!" -- Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things
"Part mystery, part love story, part reflection on changing attitudes to sexuality in post-war Britain, Small Pleasures is a disarmingly gentle read that quietly builds to a devastating conclusion." -- The Scotsman
"With wit and dry humor...quietly affecting in unexpected ways. Chambers' language is beautiful, achieving what only the most skilled writers can: big pleasure wrought from small details." -- New York Times
"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, bestselling author of One Day
"An irresistible novel--wry, perceptive and quietly devastating." -- Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday
"A brilliant book... A love story between people who are not usually the leading players in love story... I found it incredibly absorbing." -- Kathleen MacMahon, The Irish Times