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Summary

The wise and gloriously big-hearted debut novel from the much-loved broadcaster Sara Cox.

Becky: a single mum who prides herself on her independence. She knows from painful experience that men are trouble.

Louise: a loving husband, gorgeous kids. She ought to feel more grateful.

Jameela: all she's ever done is work hard and try her best. Why won't life give her the one thing she really wants?

Sheila: the nest is empty, there's a lonely little feeling in her tummy and her husband seems so distracted.

The inhabitants of the Inventor's Housing Estate keep themselves to themselves. There are the friendly 'Hellos' when commutes coincide and the odd cheeky eye roll when the wine bottles clank in number seven's wheelie bin, but it's not exactly Ramsay Street.

The dilapidated community centre is no longer the beating heart of the estate that Becky remembers from her childhood. So the new pottery class she's helped set up feels like a fresh start. And not just for her.

The assorted neighbours come together to try out a new skill, under the watchful eye of their charismatic teacher, Sasha. And as the soft unremarkable lumps of clay are hesitantly, lovingly moulded into delicate vases and majestic pots, so, too, are the lives of four women.  

Concealed passions and heartaches are uncovered, relationships shattered and formed and the possibility for transformation is revealed.

©2022 Sara Cox (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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I wish authors would use narrators

Good story but I wish Sara had used a narrator as her reading was dreadful. She read the book but didn’t change voices, paused where there wouldn’t be a comma and I just found her reading dreadful. I stopped before the end because of her reading it.

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Love, love, loved it!

One of the most enjoyable books I’ve listened to all year.
I found Thrown to be captivating, moving and so easy to listen to. Sara Cox does a great job of narrating and bringing real life to her characters (i loved the telephone conversations with the little phone effect) and enjoyed every single delicious minute of listening.
The story resembles many real lives all over the UK I’m sure and I found myself relating to many of the characters emotions throughout the story. Not only did I laugh out loud in the Co-op while shopping and listening, I broke down while getting ready for work during one chapter because it was so heartbreakingly tender and sad.
Well done Sara! Thank you, a fantastic book, I can’t wait for the next.

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truly invested in the character s

Sara Cox, wonderful! From the very start I was invested and felt each character was real. O loved the way it was written from each person's perspective.

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A Fab Story!

Really enjoyed this story of 4 strong women's lives, set against the backdrop of pottery classes. Each woman had their own challenges, which were sensitively portrayed without being patronising.
Very well written and narrated.
l wouldn't hesitate to buy any future novels that Sara writes.

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loved it

loved it wasn't sure what to expect but the characters are really good would like to continue their stories

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entertaining

really enjoyed this, just so easy to listen to with some northern charm "thrown" in

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Soooooo good!

I loved listening to this so much I had to ration myself and repeated a couple of chapters, just to drag it out! Lovely story and proper laugh out loud bits. Simply wonderful, thank you Sara please get on writing another!

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Love it

Love the characters and their stories, hope you will write a follow up and continue on with the ladies.
loved it and so relatable.
Well done Ms Cox.

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Didn’t want to end

Really enjoyed the book and in some ways collided with my life. I have been working with clay and I’m retired, Carer of my mother in law whose 96 and my husband who works on his classic cars. It gives me space to be me. You have an understanding of how things are and how ceramics help relax you and let you be your self.

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Loved every minute

I really enjoyed listening to Sara's book, it was especially lovely hearing her northern accent. The story was funny, heart warming well told and I liked the chapter structure. I couldn't stop listening. Hope she writes more!