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The Hand That First Held Mine A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood this is a tour de force from one of our best loved novelists When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin and leaves for London There at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene she carves out a new life In the present day Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with sense of herself as an artist and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood that don't tally with his parents' version of events As Ted begins to search for answers an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed separated by fifty years but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected



10 thoughts on “The Hand That First Held Mine

  1. says:

    Edited to make correction Originally read Aug 25 2014 I loved this novel mostly because of the writing Yes I loved the story and the characters too but from the exuisite opening paragraph it was all about the writing“Listen The trees in this story are stirring trembling readjusting themselves A breeze is coming in gusts off the sea and it is almost as if the trees know in their restlessness in their head tossing impatience th


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    ”Listen The trees in this story are stirring trembling readjusting themselves A breeze is coming in gusts off the sea and it is almost as if the trees know in their restlessness in their head tossing impatience that something is about to happen” ”A graveled path curves towards the front door of the house On the washing line petticoats and vests socks and stays nappies and handkerchiefs snap and writhe in the breeze A radi


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    47 rounded up because I just had toThis writer this Maggie O’Farrell just wow I’ve never read five books by any writer before and I did this all within a year what?? That should give you a hint of how ga ga I am over Maggie dearest Can I call her Maggie please as if we’re all chummy chummy since I want to be?What did I like about this book? Well just about everything It is 100 percent absorbing It has the reuired good characters


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    Any fiction novel which follows the five or six literary fiction novels I have just finished may well have big shoes to fill but The Hand That First Held Mine held it's own I do so love it when an author combines combines real people into their story After reading this novel I half expect if I pore over the photographs by John Deakin I shall find images of Lexie and Innes And likewise if I go to Soho I shall find on Bayton Street the faded


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    5 🎨 🎨 🎨 🎨 🎨I am I am I am in love with Maggie O’Farrell’s writing She captivates then mesmerizes me completely Currently I am basking in the afterglow of this tale of two extraordinary women living years apart their lives eventually connecting though they will never meet My hand was resting over my heart when I finished and I was a bit emotional yes I was and now I can’t wait to read everything she’s writtenI made use of


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    Oh no another favourite author releasing a new title – cue the sickening feelings of anxiety when I settle into the story wondering if it will meet my expectations but any fears are uickly assuaged as I become immersed in this Maggie O’ Farrell’s fifth novel I devoured it in a few sittings – one of those books you are eager to embrace but loath to leaveLike it’s predecessor The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox there is a cleverly woven dual


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    This book left me breathless gulping and sobbing Maggie O’Farrell is a master—of story structure and my god transitions But that is stuff writers swoon over For readers there is a great story of family connections that transcend known facts It’s about the truths we intuit and how they can nag direct and torture us until we bring them into consciousness and the now A wonderful bookBy the way the Kindle edition also has a wonderful short story cal


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    5 Earth Shattering StarsA brilliant portrayal of motherhood and a mother’s love that is transcendent Maggie O’Farrell captures so much the exhaustion the anxieties the joys the overall magnitude of what a mother is“ It’s a special thing you have with him It’s like he has this internal timer that measures how long he hasn’t seen you and without warning it can just go off and nothing else will mollify him”This book tugged at my heart and left


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    This book is so hard to uantify with stars because although I hated it for the majority I have to admit that there were definite moments of genius I can recognize what she was attempting here – there’s a slow poetic visual uality to the writing that sometimes succeeds I can appreciate this type of novel huge Michael Cunningham fan here when it’s done with substantial emotion and poignancy and when the words are stunning enough in themselves to negate th


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    Although choosing a favourite author is tough when forced to do so I would often than not answer with Maggie O'Farrell as mine I find her style of writing beautiful almost melodic and so incredibley descriptive and evocative of the senses that you really feel like you step into the world of the characters whilst readingHowever this was based on her first three books and I have to say that despite being SO excited for the release of 'The Vanishing Act of Esme May


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About the Author: Maggie OFarrell

Maggie O'Farrell born 1972 Coleraine Northern Ireland is a British author of contemporary fiction who features in Waterstones' 25 Authors for the Future It is possible to identify several common themes in her novels the relationship between sisters is one another is loss and the psychological impact of those losses on the lives of her characters