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I was wondering if anyone had read further books by Maggie since reading The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox? If so, how did you feel it compared?

 

Anyone who already liked her.. which has been your favourite book?

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For me, After You'd Gone is not only my favourite of hers, but is definitely in my current Top 10 favourite books that I've ever read. Wonderful novel.

 

For me, Esme Lennox is the best thing she has written since :)

 

What about you Michelle? What's your favourite?

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What about you Michelle? What's your favourite?

 

I was thinking about that, and I can't decide. I have a special love of After You'd Gone because it's the first one I read. Esme I liked because I think it had a clever simplicity to it, despite the style.. if that makes sense? But then, I also really enjoyed The Distance Between Us.

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I'm currently just over half way through The Vanishing Acts of Esme Lennox and I only started it yesterday evening (this is really fast for me!).

 

The only other book of hers that I've read is After You'd Gone which I read quite a few years ago - I can't really remember much about it but I know I really enjoyed it.

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I've just bought the Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox but have yet to start it but sounds like a good one. By the sounds of it I should keep my eyes peeled for others by the same author.

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We had some copies to give away here, and the vast majority really liked it. As you can see from the thread, she'sone of my favourite authors. :)

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I've just bought the Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox but have yet to start it but sounds like a good one. By the sounds of it I should keep my eyes peeled for others by the same author.

 

 

I would definately like to read more by her.

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I loved the Vanishing Act. I have lent it to my mother in law as she used to work in one of those places years ago (I know I am young but OH is 44 so my mother in law is older than you might think).

 

I would love to read more by Maggie to see what else she has done.

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I've read all of her books and I think my favourite is Esme (for short:D). I thought After You'd Gone was too predictable. The 'shocking thing' the MC saw didn't shock me and I saw it coming a mile off. I don't remember much about My Lover's Lover and The Distance Between Us confused me, with all its jumping about in time. That said, I read it in one sitting and it's probably my second favourite after Esme. God, I felt so sorry for her and angry on her behalf!

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I do agree that the shocking event wasn't that shocking, but that was my only disappointment.. I really did enjoy the way it all developed, and came together. My Lover's Lover feels very different from her other books.. I loved the first half, but wasn't so keen overall. The Distance Between Us I also enjoyed.. my brain often has trouble with books that jump around, but for some reason I seem to be able to follow Maggie's!

 

I think she has a style you'll either enjoy, or not quite get. There's just something about her books that I like reading.. there hasn't been one book I've disliked, and I'm looking forward to the next.

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I got 'After You'd Gone' a while ago off RISI.

 

When I started to read it, it all felt far too familiar so I flicked through to the end (spoiling it for myself if I haven't read it) and some bits felt familiar and other bits didn't. Anyway, I'm sure I've read it years ago but didn't clock the author and title.

 

I hate doing that :readingtwo:

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I'm reading 'After you'd Gone' at the moment and quite enjoying it.

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Would love to hear what you think when your finished Inver :readingtwo:

'After you'd gone' is the one I am after most, but would love to read anything else by Maggie O'Farrell after enjoying Esme so much.

At the moment I have a self imposed book embargo, no new book purchases as I have am saving for our hols - charity shops, bookrings and library only.

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I'm reading 'After you'd Gone' at the moment and quite enjoying it.

Finished it. What a wonderful, compelling read. Loved the story. Would recommend.

 

Who wanted to know what I thought of the ending. Somebody asked me in a post and I can't remember who it was!

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I've not read any Maggie O'Farrell yet, but I hope I enjoy her books as I've 3 on my TBR pile:

 

After You'd Gone

My Lover's Lover

The Distance Between us

 

I know they are not a series, but has anyone any suggestions in which order I should read them?

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I would say in the order that you have them. It was the first that got me interested in her writing, the second is very different (some people aren't keen, but I did like it), then the last one is more like After You'd Gone.

 

After that lot, read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, which I think is her best.

 

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Thanks for the suggestion Michelle - I think that must have been subconsciously in my mind when I suggested them in that order! :blush:

 

I'll certainly be on the look out for Esme as it seems that everyone who reads it enjoys it.

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I've read Esme Lennox - great book. I also read My Lover's Lover, a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed it, although I think Esme Lennox had the edge. I have After You'd Gone, on my tbr.

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