Both Ends of the Circle
by Nell Finnemore
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Pub Date 28 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 25 Oct 2021
September 1968. Nicola, Becky, Paula and Jo meet on their first day at a Birmingham grammar school and so begins a new chapter for each of them. Starting in 1968 Both Ends of the Circle tells the stories of their lives, spanning almost thirty years against a backdrop of the best and worst of times.
Often funny, often moving, this is a story of innocence and knowledge, loves and losses, overcoming hardships and sometimes just coping with everyday life...
Above all it is a celebration of what it can mean to have friends. A must-read for anyone who remembers platform heels or knows that their mother once wore them...
A Note From the Publisher
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Average rating from 7 members
This is a non-linear saga that takes place in England. As an American reader, I found it fascinating to read about this time period and the lives of four girls as they went from what we'd call sixth grade until adulthood. The book goes back and forth between girlhood and adulthood in a clever way that keeps you engaged. I think it is quite a feat for the author to have pulled this off so adeptly. Quite enjoyable and so fun to learn of life across the pond!
A beautifully written tale of female friendship spanning thirty years from the four friends first meeting on their first day at a midlands grammar school . As an ex girls grammar school attendee I found the vivid descriptions of life at school, the rituals the humiliations and rites of passage so tenderly drawn. the flitting between decades is well done and unfolds the story in a compelling way. Tragic and heartbreak is dealt with without becoming mawkish or sentimental. A wonderful ode to female friendships.
Both Ends of the Circle by Nell Finnemore Four girls meet when they start at a prestigious Birmingham Grammar School in the 1960s and the story follows their lives until they attend the school reunion when they turn 40. I absolutely loved this book! Great characters - I missed them when I'd finished the book - and a very compelling storyline for all of them. Some serious issues dealt with in the book and the author did an amazing job of evoking the time period. Very highly recommended! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.
A lovely story of female friendship that starts in school and continues as they go through life.Wonderful story engaging writing and characters perfect for book ups will be recommending to mine.#netgalley #matadorbooks.