Absolutely and Forever

Absolutely and Forever

Fiction, General Fiction
Hardback Published on: 21/09/2023
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Absolutely and Forever
Does first love last forever?
I received an advance reading copy from the publishers and judging by the title, was expecting something sweet and romantic. But this is Rose Tremain, a w... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Absolutely and Forever
A charming short novel
This was my first Rose Tremain novel but I’m sure it won’t be my last! The novel starts with Marianne, 15 and desperately in love with Simon Hurst, and fol... READ MORE
Bella at Tenterden
Absolutely and Forever
A compelling tale of love and longing.
A moving little story that begins with fifteen-year-old Marianne and her obsession with eighteen-year-old Simon Hurst - her very first love - who she becom... READ MORE
Jesse at Eastbourne
Absolutely and Forever
Secrets unravel in this beautifully observed novella. Tremain is ALWAYS worth reading.
It's always said that first love is formative and this is especially true for Marianne. Marianne falls in love very deeply and this relationship dictates t... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy

Synopsis

A piercing short novel of thwarted love and true friendship from one of our greatest living writers. Marianne Clifford, 15, only child of a peppery army colonel and his vain wife, Lal, falls helplessly and absolutely for Simon Hurst, 18, whose cleverness and physical beauty suggest that he will go forward into a successful and monied future, helped on by doting parents. But fate intervenes. Simon's plans are blown off course, and Marianne is forced to bury her dreams of a future together. Narrating her own story, characterising herself as ignorant and unworthy, Marianne's telling use of irony and smart thinking gradually suggest to us that she has underestimated her own worth. We begin to believe that - in the end, supported by her courageous Scottish friend, Petronella - she will find the life she never stops craving. But what we can't envisage is that beneath his blithe exterior, Simon Hurst has been nursing a secret which will alter everything.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784745202
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 316g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 22 mm

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Absolutely and Forever
Superb!!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, it was an absolutely superb read which I devoured in one sitting. Totally recommended. Loved the ch... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Absolutely and Forever
Perfect!
I was sent a copy of Absolutely and Forever by Rose Tremain to read and review by NetGalley. I absolutely adored this novel! I love Rose Tremain’s writin... READ MORE
lesleys
Absolutely and Forever
A superb gourmet small-plate
Absolutely and Forever is set in the 1960s and is a story about first love, and rejection. Marianne Clifford is the 15 year old daughter of a retired army ... READ MORE
helen_t_reads
Absolutely and Forever
Memories of adolescence
What an enchanting little book this is; watching a young girl going through adolescence with nothing more than a need to love and be loved in return. The s... READ MORE
Romany
Absolutely and Forever
beautiful novella
This is a beautifully written novella centering around Marianne, a young woman in the 60s who life seems to pass by and things happen to because she has r... READ MORE
jean
Absolutely and Forever
Well Written Character Driven Tale
This novella from Rose Tremain is a sharp reminder of the agonies of all consuming adolescent love. 15 year old Marianne is besotted with Simon, a clever a... READ MORE
Jill Thomson
Absolutely and Forever
Absolutely and Forever
At the ripe old age of just fifteen, Marianne Clifford knows what she wants from life. She is in love with Simon Hurst who is 18 and on the verge of going ... READ MORE
Ashrae
Absolutely and Forever
A wonderful short read.
Always an absolute pleasure to read a Rose Tremain book. This one is a short read but packed with wonderful writing and characters. I loved every page.
Lorraine Joad
Absolutely and Forever
An emotion stirring coming of age read
Home Counties posh girl Marianne Clifford is the daughter of a brusque army colonel and his self-obsessed wife. Hers is the life of boarding school, horses... READ MORE
Georgina (ReadsEatsExplores)
Absolutely and Forever
Brilliantly written
In a 200 page novel starting with first love, Tremain encompasses the gamut of our lives: love, friendship, relationships, family and death. In some ways... READ MORE
Daren Kearl
Absolutely and Forever
Absolutely and Forever
At the ripe old age of just fifteen, Marianne Clifford knows what she wants from life. She is in love with Simon Hurst who is 18 and on the verge of going ... READ MORE
Ashrae
Absolutely and Forever
Moving , subtle , quality literature
This subtle and short novel has the power and depth of a story twice as long. Rose Tremain captures and crystallises the emotions and suppressions within t... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
Absolutely and Forever
Absolutely brilliant
At the age of fifteen, Marianne Clifford tells her mother Lal that she is in love with Simon Hurst. As is her wont Lal chucks cold water on the notion, her... READ MORE
Celia Short
Absolutely and Forever
a coming of age tale that goes beyond the usual timeframe. Perfect Tremain.
Rose Tremain has written a poignant set piece about growing up in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. A tale of a young love affecting not just the main character’s life... READ MORE
Sharyn Farnaby
Absolutely and Forever
An exquisitely written novel
“When I was fifteen, I told my mother that I was in love with a boy called Simon Hurst and she said to me, ‘Nobody falls in love at your age, Marianne. Wha... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan