Sweet William

by Beryl Bainbridge | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0006143091 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 12/10/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, December 10, 2005
Another BB 'back-issue' for my collection :)

(different cover picture)

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, April 10, 2006
(8/04) Finished - review to follow

First things first, Beryl Bainbridge is *still* the mother of all quirky & individual English novellas – you really do not know what you are going to find next! After reading a couple of more serious books of hers, this one is much lighter, it feels like BB’s tongue is very much planted in her cheek all the way through.

There are 2 (or maybe 3?) main characters; ‘Sweet’ William is a fantastic creation, a manipulative, egotistic fantasist wanting - and often getting – it all! There is the great image, from the cover picture, of him cycling between ex wife, current wife and girlfriend trying to juggle each life, or ‘compartment’ as he calls them, like some sort of plate-spinning Lothario! But, as his wife Edna explains to new partner Ann, he "doesn’t believe in freefall…he won’t let go of the branch before he’s quite sure of the next one".

Ann is the innocent participant in William’s latest conquest; although she tries to be calm & rational in her dealings with him, she remains as comically unknowing as he is calculating. And she has the added complication of a tyrannical mother, an absent (shell-shocked?) father, and her own biological clock & nesting instinct to contend with. This is not me (or BB) being sexist or misogynistic, as all the characters are very likeable – again not a normal Bainbridge trait.

The final word goes to another ex-wife, "He was a beautiful person [William]. For all his compartments, he was undeniably a golden boy."

Journal Entry 3 by beeofgoodcheer from Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Sunday, July 02, 2006
You really are shameless :o) Very gratefully received though!

Journal Entry 4 by beeofgoodcheer from Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, February 10, 2007
Although William is a philanderer, it is quite hard to dislike him fully - although not easy to like him either - although perhaps if I'd met him in person, I might not be as immune to his charms!

Released 12 yrs ago (2/10/2007 UTC) at Sheffield Meet @ The Showroom in Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 6 by kittiwake on Saturday, February 10, 2007
Picked up at today's Sheffield meet-up for a re-read.

Released 12 yrs ago (4/14/2007 UTC) at Sheffield Meet @ The Showroom in Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom

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At today's BookCrossing meet.

Journal Entry 8 by beeofgoodcheer from Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, April 14, 2007
Picked up again, as I'm going to try some Bainbridge evangelising when I go to Nottingham next week!

Journal Entry 9 by beeofgoodcheer at on Friday, April 20, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (4/21/2007 UTC) at

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Journal Entry 10 by waderwoman on Saturday, May 05, 2007
Picked up from the shelf at costa Coffee.
Will be rereleased as part of the My Botanical challenge.

Released 12 yrs ago (5/6/2007 UTC) at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Left propped up on shelf next to the mirrors in Ladies changing room.
No 6 in May Botanical release challenge.

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