Small Pleasures

Clare Chambers
Alain De Botton (Series Edited

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… A book reminding us of all the small moments we overlook when they happen.–Emma Gannon, Ctr Alt Delete podcast


So often, we exhaust ourselves and the planet in a search for very large pleasures–while all around us lies a wealth of small pleasures, which–if only we paid more attention–could daily bring us solace and joy at little cost and effort. But we need some encouragement to focus our gaze.
This is a book to guide us to the best of life’s small pleasures: everything from the distinctive delight of holding a child’s hand to the enjoyment of disagreeing with someone to the joy of the evening sky; an intriguing, evocative mix of small pleasures that will heighten our senses and return us to the world with new-found excitement and enthusiasm.

$38

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ISBN – 9780993538735
Publisher – Affirm Press
Format – Hardback
Dimensions – 212mm X 143mm
Categories – Brains and Well-Being

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Clare Chambers
Small Pleasures


LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021

‘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

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