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HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
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Iris and Ruby: A gripping, exotic WW2 novel from the bestselling author of The Kashmir Shawl Kindle Edition
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'Her evocation of the wartime [Cairo] has all the raffish, glittering brittleness of life on the edge ... touches on the varieties and nuances of love between men and women, and the power of family relationships to enhance and destroy lives.' (The Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
Praise for Iris and Ruby:
‘Thomas can write with ravishing sensuality.’ KATE SAUNDERS, The Times
‘Her evocation of the wartime [Cairo] has all the raffish, glittering brittleness of life on the edge… touches on the varieties and nuances of love betweeen men and women, and the power of family relationships to enhance and destroy lives.’ ELIZABETH BUCHAN, Daily Mail
‘Rosie Thomas is both a subtle and realistic author and her portrait of Iris is never less than absorbing.’ ELIZABETH BUCHAN, Daily Mail--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B005Z4QUYQ
- Publisher : HarperCollins (15 November 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1327 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 482 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 72,726 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Present day Iris is 82y and age is slowly taking her vibrancy away both physically and mental - but the past decoupage of her life gives her endless pleasure. Ruby her granddaughter turns up unexpectedly in Egypt and the contrast between a young rebel, angry & immature, stirs up her life causing major drama's including her memories of betrayal to her own daughter in England.
This book is a study of the heart with all its infidelity, dying, forgiveness, and belonging and would suit mothers and daughters of all ages..
Top reviews from other countries
also found the war scenes in Cairo so well done and very pleased that any conventional happy ending t the stories was avoided
I really wanted to love this book, history, an Egyptian setting and generations of characters with stories to tell are usually just my cup of tea. Sadly, the story wasn't compelling, and most of the characters fell flat. It often wasn't clear whose story the dialogue had switched to, and there was a lot of over descriptive writing. I enjoyed Iris's story and how she met Xan, but towards the middle I started skim reading to get the book finished as it just wasn't very exciting.
The story is set in Cairo and spans the years of WW2 and the next 2 generations of a family.
Iris has become estranged from her daughter, Lesley, who is married with 2 children. The eldest "child", Ruby does not get along with her step father and feels that she can never do anything to please her family, so she takes herself off to Cairo to visit her gran. Iris and Ruby may haave an age gap of 60+ but they are alike in many ways, and really get along well. Ruby becomes more of a companion to iris, untilthe old lady dies. In this time ,the author discreetly shows her readers how Ruby grows upand comes to understand so much more about her mother and about herself.