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Book Title: Around Robin|
The author of the book: Julia Edwards
Edition: JULIA EDWARDS
Date of issue: August 21st 2011
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Around Robin tells the story of Katie Pratt through the annual Christmas ‘Round Robin letters she writes to friends over the years from 1990-1999
Married to Robin (whom her life revolves around) Katie lives in Notre Champ in leafy Cheshire with her 3 children and black Labrador, Shadow.
The novel is structured through her reading of these letters, letters which detail not only the successes and mishaps experienced by her family in the previous year, but also her own life which revolves around her family, and, of course, Robin. Each year, Katie carefully chronicles the family’s news – from house moves to holidays, delinquent teenagers to deaths.
The letters are funny and sad and, as time goes on, become more and more dark as we begin to hear so much more between the lines Katie is writing, than she intends to tell.
The letters portray a life unravelling: adulterous husbands; the shallow aspirance of commuter village life; children failing to be as perfect as required; flower arranging taken up in desperation. They also tell us more and more about the woman who writes them: her dreams, her frustrations and, ultimately, her vulnerability.
At the end of the novel, however, Katie breaks free from the shackles of her 4x4 existence and provides her readers with the ending they always wanted for her. They just aren’t quite sure what Katie did next…
Do you ever feel increasingly frustrated and irritated by the smug, self-satisfied and often very boring seasonal letters which annually dropped out of Christmas cards – and wonder whether it would be possible to just push these unintentionally hilarious recounting of other families’ trivia to the limits of belief?
Around Robin does this - and, in doing so, tells the story of one woman’s life.
An adaptation of Around Robin, as a one-woman play, was commissioned by Sir Alan Ayckbourn to play at The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, with one reviewer describing it as:
‘Bridget Jones ages gracefully as a Pratt…Builders, husband, drop-dead gorgeous women are especial objects of Katie’s stress and dislike as the comedy follows the quiet anxiety of any 4x4 owning, immaculately hair-styled woman under the affluence of modern society’
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