Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
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Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

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'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

'An irresistible novel - wry, perceptive and quietly devastating' Mail on Sunday

'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


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.


Book of the Year for: The Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily Express, Metro, Spectator, Red Magazine and Good Housekeeping


  • Format:  Paperback / softback
  • 368 pages
  • Publisher:  Orion Publishing Co
  • Imprint:  Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • ISBN:  9781474613903
  • Published:  29 Apr 2021
  • Classifications:
    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    • Thriller/suspense
    • Romance
    • Historical fiction
  • Readership:  General
  • Weight:  268g
  • Dimensions:  130 x 197 x 26 (mm)
  • Pub. Country:  United Kingdom

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