A Free Woman

A Free Woman

by LibbyPurves (Author)


Sarah Penn and Maggie Reave are sisters, who are very different. Sarah has married kind, reliable Leo and settled contentedly into small-town life. Maggie, light-hearted and footloose, has spent fifteen years drifting round the world with a backpack. Now Maggie has come home, to a dank, dull British winter. Just for a few months, she says, while she learns Chinese for the next expedition. The Penn children are delighted: the boys revel in her tales of pamperos and pythons, and anxious fifteen-year-old Samantha is only too glad to have someone to help her with a pregnancy test. Even Leo, struggling with a precarious family bookshop, finds a use for his wayward sister-in-law. Fate, however, has an unexpected adventure in store; it rocks the whole family, bringing up dark shadows from their common past, and confronts Maggie with the hardest decision of her life.


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More Information

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Published: 06 Sep 2001

ISBN 10: 0340793880
ISBN 13: 9780340793886

Media Reviews
Passing Go: 'Libby Purves has excelled herself with this portrait of a dysfunctional clan, which is as full of sharp observations, insight and humour as her readers will have come to expect' Christina Koning, Times; 'A whirlwind of contemporary social issues...an extreme and entertaining picture of modern urban life. How Libby Purves manages to weave all this into a comedy, I don't know. But she does.' Philippa Boston, Daily Mail; 'An author who tackles difficult contemporary issues with insight and compassion. Expect the unexpected in Passing Go, a tale for our times.' West Lancashire Evening Gazette; Regatta: 'Libby Purves has created a complex and appealing character in a novel which develops to an exciting conclusion' Vanessa Berridge, Woman & Home
Author Bio
For the last sixeen years Libby Purves has hosted Midweek on Radio 4. She has written numerous books, edited the Tatler, written for Punch and now has a regular column in The Times. In 1999 she was awarded the Granada 'What the Papers Say' award for Columnist of the Year and received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her contributions to journalism. She lives in Suffolk with her husband, the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney, and their two children.