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It was the sort of warm, scented evening that Caroline Chance associated with holidays in Greece; with glasses of ouzo and flirtatious waiters and the feel of cool cotton against burnt shoulders. Except that the sweet smell wafting through the air was not olive groves, but freshly mown English grass. And the sound in the distance was not the sea, but Georgina’s riding instructor, intoning—always with the same monotonous inflection—‘Trot on. Trot on.’
Caroline grimaced and resumed painting her toenails.
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Madeleine Wickham talks about her new book 40 Love, a delightful women's fiction book about tennis and so much more.
Listen to this audiobook excerpt of 40 Love by Madeleine Wickham, a.k.a. Sophie Kinsella, the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series. Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as
“Narrator Katherine Kellgren gives a masterful performance, creating distinctive character voices and alternating effortlessly among…Wickham’s colorful cast. Kellgren’s narration is marvelous, inhabiting characters’ states of mind, shifting among anxiety, fury, and guilt as the book’s POV changes. A delightful performance not to be missed.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“First published as The Tennis Party in the 1990s, this breezy work skewers the moneyed set with dark, delicious humor’ – The Star_Telegram
“For pure entertainment, consider the audio book, 40 Love, by Madeleine Wickham. This New York Times bestselling author sets her fictional story around a tennis weekend at a couple’s country home in England. Drama unfolds around the characters on and off the court, and it makes car time go quickly.” – Times of Trenton
“[Katherine Kellgren] gave a nuanced performance that gave everyone in the group of characters a very distinct identity. Because of this, I’m pretty certain that I enjoyed listening to it far more than I would have enjoyed reading it.” – 5 Minutes for Books
“I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book near as much in written form…[Katherine Kellgren’s] accents are spot on, reflecting ever character’s personality and nuances. Each character sprang to life and immediately formed a picture in my mind. Her intonation and inflection give the story life and verve. It is such a treat to listen to her narrate.” – A Bookworm’s World
“Katherine Kellgren does an excellent job of narrating this book – she changes her inflection just enough with each character so that the listener can differentiate them. I just love a British accent so I found her easy to listen to. If you are looking for a lighthearted, amusing listen, 40 Love is for you!” – Books in the City
Madeleine Wickham is the author of several acclaimed novels, including A Desirable Residence, Cocktails for Three, Sleeping Arrangements and The Wedding Girl. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written a number of bestsellers including the Shopaholic series, Twenties Girl, Remember Me?, The Undomestic Goddess, and Can You Keep a Secret? Confessions of a Shopaholic was made into a major motion picture starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy. Born in London, Wickham studied at New College, Oxford. She lives in London with her husband and family.
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