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What do Mrs H., Rachel, Edwina, Ida, Sarah, Dot, Chrissie have in common? They re all women, but they re fat, thin, old, young, professional, incompetent and appear as diverse as human nature can be. ut they are all survivors. his compelling novel follows the ripples that go out into ordinary lives, women s lives in particular, which have been scarred and changed by a shared experience, all connected by the same hospital clinic in a small Northern town. his is a novel about what it means to live in the shadow of disease and with its scars, whether mental and physical, looking back over one s shoulder while trying to go forward. ou can trip up or, if you re careful, you might make it . t its heart is a strong, difficult but finally vulnerable, old woman. Mrs H. is generous and helpful to a (sometimes comical) fault, and lives alone with a secret that she tells no one but that finally explains everything. er niece is a young doctor who can t take the strain, and who wants something different from life. longside them are the other walking wounded, getting on with their lives- da, once beautiful and now hiding her scars under layers of fat; tiny Dot who is stronger t
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A characteristically compelling, clear-eyed, humane and heartbreaking novel about a taboo subject - and about what it feels like to be a survivor...

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Born in Carlisle, she is the author of successful novels, including The Memory Box, Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid and Diary of an Ordinary Woman, as well as bestselling memoirs (Hidden Lives and Precious Lives) and biographies. She lives in North London and the Lake District.

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"Few authors share Margaret Forster's extraordinary ability to transform the ordinary day-to-day activities of unremarkable people into compelling fiction... Written with brilliant and exquisite sensitivity" * Daily Mail * "Written with enormous sensitivity and compassion" * Red * "The kind of novel into which you plunge with satisfaction" * Sunday Times * "Accomplished...moving" * Times Literary Supplement * "Written with insight, wit and tremendous style" * Spectator *

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