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Ninepins [Kindle Edition]

Rosy Thornton
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Deep in the Cambridgeshire fens, Laura is living alone with her 12-year-old daughter Beth, in the old tollhouse known as Ninepins. She’s in the habit of renting out the pumphouse, once a fen drainage station, to students, but this year she’s been persuaded to take in 17-year-old Willow, a care-leaver with a dubious past, on the recommendation of her social worker, Vince. Is Willow dangerous or just vulnerable?  It’s possible she was once guilty of arson; her mother’s hippy life is gradually revealed as something more sinister; and Beth is in trouble at school and out of it.  Laura’s carefully ordered world seems to be getting out of control. With the tension of a thriller, NINEPINS explores the idea of family, and the volatile and changing relationships between mothers and daughters, in a landscape that is beautiful but – as they all discover - perilous.

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Rosy Thornton is the author of four previous novels: More Than Love Letters (2007), Hearts and Minds (2008), Crossed Wires (2009) and The Tapestry of Love (2010). In addition to writing fiction, she lectures in law at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. Married with two daughters, she lives in a village in the Cambridgeshire fens.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 500 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 308 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1905207859
  • Verlag: Sandstone Press (19. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007VZC8ZC
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eine moderne FFamiliengeschichte im besten Sinne: 13. Dezember 2012
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Das Buch habe ich als Kindle Deal erworben und entspricht eigentlich nicht meinem Leseschema, da ich so genannte Frauenbücher verabscheue. Ich hab den Kauf nicht bereut. Die Geschichte ist fesselnd ohne reißerisch zu sein und auch die Charakterzeichnung gefiel mir gut; sehr lebensnah und nicht allzu übertrieben, dabei aber nicht eindimensional sondern mit positiven und negativen Seiten, wie echte Menschen eben sein können. Endlich mal eine Story aus dem Leben und vor allem mal mit "Heldinnen", deren Denken nicht nur einzig allein um Männer/Schuhe/Klamotten kreist. Also eine Frauen-Familiengeschichte im besten und auch im modernen Sinne: Die alleinerziehende Geschiedene mit der pubertierenden Tochter, der Exmann mit seiner neuen Familie, der sich bemüht, aber dank drei kleiner Söhne und deren Verletzungsanfälligkeit sich nicht so kümmern kann, wie er es gerne wollte. Dazu stößt eine junge Frau - zunächst als Untermieter-, die mit den Schatten der Vergangenheit kämpft. Ich hab mich jedenfalls einige Male dabei ertappt, das Buch nicht weglegen zu können.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unterhaltsames Buch 1. Januar 2013
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Eine interessante Familiengeschichte, schön geschrieben, gute Personen- und Naturbeschreibungen und vor Allem keine
Grausamkeiten, zwar schwierige Schicksale, aber keine Gemetzel, wie sie einem in vielen Medien heute vorgesetzt werden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderfully descriptive, it's a must read! 22. April 2012
Von Debra - Veröffentlicht auf
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NinepinsThere are very few authors I've read that can write a compelling, reality-based account of life as well as Rosy Thornton. I'm happy to say that Ninepins, her newest effort, not only met my expectations produced by her previous works, but far, far exceeded them.

Ninepins is the name of Laura Blackwood's former toll-house home in the fens surrounding Cambridge. While named after a place which is beautifully described by Ms. Thornton, the book's emphasis is on the human element tied to the house and its surroundings. Laura is a university researcher, divorced from Simon, and mother to 12 year old Beth. Beth also suffers from periodic bouts of asthma. Near to Ninepins is a pumphouse that has been re-done over the years, and Laura has sublet it out (for extra income) to students in the past. When a man and a young girl come to look at the pumphouse, Laura assumes they are father and daughter. The truth is different however, and Willow, a seventeen year old just coming out of foster care, becomes Laura's new tenant.

There are so many threads and themes running through what seems at first to be a simple, mother-daughter story. There is the tension in Laura's relationship with her daughter, who is pulling against her traces and trying to stretch her independence to sometimes untenable positions. There is Laura's unwillingness to let her daughter spread her wings just a little, and in so doing, adds to Beth's tendency to revolt. There's the burgeoning relationship between Beth and Willow, as well as Beth's relationship to her friends at her new school (what we would call middle school here in the States). There's the dichotomy between Laura and Beth's relationship and that of Willow's to Marianne, her own mother, which sometimes leads Willow to look at Beth as a spoiled princess of a child who doesn't quite know how lucky she is. There is Laura's relationship with Willow, one that is forced upon both of them when Willow must move into the main house. On top of all this, we have Vince, Willow's social worker. What do we think of him? Was he fair to Laura in bringing Willow into her home, knowing her history? How does Laura reconcile this at the end after everything that has happened? And ultimately, what really is the definition of "family?"

Ms. Thornton has written a gem of a story. On its surface, Ninepins is as calm as the water surrounding the actual house, but like the fens and the water running in the lode, it doesn't take much to stir up the bottom and turn the story into a floodwater of emotion, passion and substance. Ninepins is a must-read for any contemporary fiction fan. It is every day life but better; richer somehow owing to the author's wonderfully descriptive writing skills. These are life sized characters with life sized stories that somehow become larger than life. They will stay with you long past the turning of the last page. Rosy Thornton makes them entirely believable and truly unforgettable.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Strong Sense of Place 21. September 2012
Von LindyLouMac - Veröffentlicht auf
Ninepins is only the second novel I have read by this author and I have already discovered how important the role of the landscape plays in her writing. In The Tapestry of Love she brought the countryside of the French Cévennes alive on the printed page and this time she does it again with the very contrasting countryside of the Cambridgeshire Fens. Along with the strong sense of place Rosy Thornton also writes about characters that one feels are realistically portrayed. There is quite a strong element of suspense in Ninepins as the story unfolds as she explores the mother and daughter relationship that has become complicated by the arrival in their lives of a stranger with a very troubled past.

For some reason all the time I was reading this novel I kept thinking it had familiarities with a novel I had read previously. I was right if you have read Watershed you will understand what I mean as in that novel storms fire and floods cause some personal watersheds to be reached. The author also brings her story alive with her descriptions and details of the wildlife, landscape and flood defences of the Somerset levels. Ninepins might be set in the Cambridgeshire Fens but it certainly covers similar issues, so if you enjoyed Maggie Makepeace's novel I have no doubt you will also enjoy this one.

Ninepins is the name of the house nestled deep in the fens that is home to Laura and her daughter Beth. In the annexe to their home, an old pump house they usually have a lodger. The latest of these is Willow a teenager leaving a care home to live alone for the first time, who has been recommended to Laura as a suitable lodger by the girls social worker Vince. The story centres around the three females and the emotional tangle of their situations as the world that Laura previously thought so orderly seems to be spiralling out of control. A daughter growing up too fast and wanting more independence than Laura is prepared to grant her plus a vulnerable older teenager who seems to be a volatile threat to their family life. Will it all end in disaster, I recommend you read it to find out.

As a novel about mother daughter relationships and how we have to adapt to change within these relationships it will especially appeal to those already parents. Although that does not mean those without children will not enjoy it but just relate to the story in a different way.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Subtly menacing 17. September 2012
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This is a lovely read, quite difficult to categorize in a way, its a gentle romance but not slushy or sleazy in any way. It's character driven and the characters are extremely well drawn and realistic. There is a subtle tension which runs through it although I wouldn't class it as a thriller as such but there is certainly an air of suspense which builds throughout the unfolding story and the wonderful bleak, misty and menacing setting of the Cambridgeshire Fens, is so well painted that I felt I'd just spent some time there despite never having set foot in that area in my life!

Mostly this is a story about motherhood, womanhood, female relationships and adapting to change and will appeal to a wide range of readers although especially Mums with teenage daughters.
The Mum in the story, Laura, is a divorced single Mother to Beth, 12 years old, who is riddled with pre teen angst, puberty and asthma. Her struggles to fit in, avoid being bullied and attempts to be one of the in crowd, mirror her Mums struggles to say and do the right things to her daughter and often end up making cringingly awful yet minor mistakes which alienate rather than support.
It took me right back to my early teen years!

Into their lives floats Willow, a teenager in care with a bit of a past at 17 young enough to be a friend to Beth, but will her influence be a good one and when she becomes a tenant of the small pump house cottage owned by Laura bringing her social worker Vince, and her own teenage insecurities into their lives what repercussions will this have.

Rosy Thornton is a highly accomplished author, drawing on her own experiences and her skills with words to create an environment we instantly feel at home in and characters we feel we know even though they might not be ones we can completely relate to.
If you enjoy beautifully constructed descriptions, characters created with finesse and skill and a story which builds to a satisfactory climax you should enjoy this latest offering from Rosy.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Dose of Redemption in the Dance of Mothers and Daughters 19. Dezember 2012
Von Richard Sutton - Veröffentlicht auf
Ninepins was a departure from my usual genres, but one I'm very glad I made. First, the most abiding character seems to be the ever-pervasive damp and flat, open light of the fens, which Ms. Thornton's descriptive skills brought into sharp focus for me. The writing transporting me to a place I've never been, with unexpected familiarity. The setting is a force that Laura and her daughter do battle with daily. Their moods, fears and afflictions shift and flow as regularly as the water table rises. The featureless, almost dismal landscape is a perfect stage upon which to evoke disappointment, anxiety, and a mother's constant fear of having done the wrong thing. As conflicted, exhausted and repressed as Laura is, her daughter is on the verge of finding herself as an individual, an adult still in a child's body. Frustration broods conflict and anger in ever increasing degrees. Into this mix comes a boarder, a teen girl from a murky and decidedly troubled past who seems to stoke the fires of additional fears and worry. Throughout, the interactions of the single mother, her ailing daughter, the boarder and several intruders (welcome and not...) into their close little world, are portrayed with uncommon honesty. I recognized these people. Despite mounting uncertainty, the story carried me into a satisfying redemption and resolution. I also enjoyed the distinctly local writing voice and references. Someone living outside the English fens, may require a bit of thinking to puzzle them out. Still, Ninepins was an evocative, enjoyable read I would recommend to anyone with children approaching their teens.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A good book on many levels 6. Januar 2013
Von Patricia - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is the first book by Rosy Thornton that I've read, and I will be reading others. The author beautifully captures the fraught relationship between a mother and an adolescent daughter - I've been there - and she does it within a plot that keeps you turning the pages.
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