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  • Title: Jumping The Queue
  • Author: Mary Wesley
  • ISBN: 9780552990820
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • Matilda Poliport, recently widowed, has decided to end it all It All But her meticulously planned bid for graceful oblivion is foiled, and when she later foils the suicide attempt of another lost soul Hugh Warner, on the run from the police life begins again for both.
    Jumping The Queue Matilda Poliport recently widowed has decided to end it all It All But her meticulously planned bid for graceful oblivion is foiled and when she later foils the suicide attempt of another lost soul

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    1. A lonely fifty something widow decides to commit suicide with dignity and one final repast to review her life Matilda Poliport decided to end her life before she lost all resources but instead met people and became involved in events that pique her interest in life anew.Ms Wesley was 71 when she published this, her first novel for adults She was 57 when she published her first of three books for children Jumping the Queue 1983 The Chamomile Lawn 1984 Harnessing Peacocks 1985 The Vacillations of [...]

    2. This is the first of Mary Wesley s books that I have read I prefer this to the Camomile Lawn because I found the ending of Jumping the Queue to be braver Considering that this is a book about suicide I still found humour I was impressed with the plot twists This was a quick read and I was suitably impressed to move straight on to the Camomile Lawn Before reading this book i had read Mary Wesley s biography and it helped to make this book all the poignant Jumping the Queue also helped soften my [...]

    3. This had a lot of important characters and was a story about Matilda, a widow in her fifties, who lives alone in England She is so troubled by her husband s death she decides to tidy up her life and then planning the perfect suicide This is foiled but reveals a lot of nasty secrets and many questions.

    4. This book opens with the main character, Matilda, tidying her life literally and figuratively in preparation for what we soon learn is her planned suicide A curious beginning but it manages to draw the reader in to Matilda s life and immediately we re interested.Matilda s perfect suicide is interrupted by some less than sensitive young people and then the whole thing is put on hold when a very interesting stranger crosses Matilda s path.Ms Wesley s enjoyable book leads the reader to question wha [...]

    5. Mary Wesley s novel is a brilliant slice of life I ve never known If I can only be half as interesting as her characters when I get older I ll certainly be fascinating She pulls the reader into the world of a young man on the run from the police and a recently widowed Matilda Poliport The two meet when they are on a similar path to destruction Their meeting changes the course of both of their lives Mary Wesley had her first novel published at the age of seventy and thank God she did for the worl [...]

    6. Having already lost the main book vote once over at our book group on Google Groups, Jumping the Queue was entered in our second chance vote It beat A Discovery of Witches and The Levels and was discussed on our site in January 2012.Overall, Discuss It Book Group rated this novel 3.7 out of 5, with the majority of the group having enjoyed it It also generated a very interesting discussion.

    7. It s a very clever author who can write a book nominally about suicide and make me like it Suicide is a sad, desperate hateful act of despair in general and yet the heroine of this book takes her decision without letting me cast her down for it, even though she does it for selfish reasons Spiritually questionable then, but emotionally gratifying.

    8. What an interesting quirky little book Probably not something I would read again, but I was intrigued by the main character Matilda and her reasons for being suicidal Funny in points Gus is probably my favourite character , with a surprising ending for me, I m glad I read this book.

    9. Loved this one from the beginning right through.A middle aged woman, her goose and a murderer are all brought together early on and meander together through this beautifully told story of what life can throw one s way.Very easy read I wish it had lasted longer

    10. Never thought that matricide could be a fascinating topic,With honesty, irony and insightful wit, this little gem carves a realistic path through a whole raft of family issues.

    11. An oldie, but a goodie Filled with surprises, amusing and well developed characters, and an air of mystery I love all the books I ve read so far by this author.

    12. LOVED this book, I couldn t put it down I d read The Chamomile Lawn a few weeks back, and then I noticed I had this one on my shelf must have bought it at a booksale a few months ago but had forgotten Anyway, I think possibly the very beginning had put me off reading it, because Wesley doesn t explain that Gus is a goose not a person, so possibly I read about two pages and thought I didn t find the protagonists interesting Luckily, I picked it up again, realised Gus s identity and carried on, co [...]

    13. I love Mary Wesley, and the fact that she was in her seventies when she wrote her novels surely contributes to their overall success I m sure that a mature mind filled with a long life of experiences is able to put things together in a way that a younger author might now This book is about a woman who plans to commit suicide and is a little darker than her other stories but it is also lots of fun with home truths to be found everywhere.

    14. I found the plot and characters to be startlingly twisted This book is not for the timid despite its domestic setting I read it in a single sitting.

    15. Interesting story and quick read Would have loved detail in the writing I was left wondering throughout the book I had to put my imagination to work.

    16. Apart from the brilliant writing, quirky plots and razor sharp wit, you never quite know what you re in for when you pick up a Mary Wesley novele is a master of her craft When Matilda s plan to jump the queue was abandoned, I found myself thinking, how lovely, a mature woman s romance with a younger man It wasn t until Folly met his maker that I figured there was going to be an unexpected twist And what a twist No clandestine rendezvous in Prague, no Matricide returning with his tail between his [...]

    17. Mary Wesley s first novel, charting a respectable middle aged woman s attempts at suicide and her harbouring of a murderer on the run, is as eye brow raising now as when it was first published in 1983 Then, at the age of seventy, the author experienced a renaissance, forging a sparkling career as an enchanting writer of eccentric and sometimes bleakly emotional stories, giving a new voice to an older generation Memories of war time, mis matched couplings, jolly love triangles and the occasional [...]

    18. Due cose da sapere su questo romanzo.Due cose che avrei voluto sapere prima di leggerlo, ma che ho scoperto solo alla fine, leggendo la biografia dell autrice e guardando all inizio la data in cui il romanzo stato pubblicato per la prima volta.1 l autrice ha scritto questo libro che aveva 70 anni Nata nel 1912 e morta nel 2002 2 il libro dunque uscito in Inghilterra nel 1983.Non mi sembrano due sottigliezze, sono aspetti importanti.Una persona vede un libro mai sentito prima e pensa che sia stat [...]

    19. My first reading of this author Definitely a quirky book with many twists and turns, and a few shocking bits of dialogue and inner reflection along the way Interesting satire of modern life, love, and relationships, with a who done it twist I don t think I ve ever read a novel where animals played such a role in terms of plot and character, and I really like the descriptions of Gus the goose and Folly, Hugh s dog I can t say that I was rooting for Matilda, the main character, although the reader [...]

    20. Suicide, murder, assisting a criminal and that s just to start with before we get to incest, deceit, rape and betrayal My goodness thus isn t what I expected when I picked this book up at National Trust It was an iterating read which left me feeling than a little uncomfortable at times Matilda is contemplating suicide in her 50s having been widowed 12 months or so previously, however her plans unravel with some unforseen interventions including that of a chance meeting with a man on the run acc [...]

    21. This book tells the story of Matilda who is interrupted in her suicide attempt when she comes across Hugh who is on the run from the police Rather than hand him in she takes him home and there the adventures begin.I loved this book which you would think would be depressing given the subject matter but instead is actually very life affirming in places and full of pathos I loved the fact that it didn t feel the need to make the character nice but gave them weaknesses and foibles which seemed real [...]

    22. Perhaps this book was far too British for my taste I couldn t relate to any of the characters and the plot kept throwing me for a loop well I liked that aspect, sort of, when it made sense to me It is a dark dark tale of age and perception and I felt as ambivalent about it as the characters feel about their lives Loved the ending If typos annoy you, avoid the 1988 Penguin paperback, although I doubt any other version is proofed any better Kudos to Ms Wesley for writing this book when she was 70 [...]

    23. I don t think I would have picked this book myself off the shelf but it was my bookclubs choice.I found the style and characters interesting and it had enough about it for me to want to read on andwant to delve in the characters life and to want to understand the why she was wanting to end it all.It s a book I m glad I read as I don t think I would have discovered it without it been chosen for me.

    24. I ve always had a fondness for the particular brand of English comic writing that Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark do so well How I missed Mary Wesley is a complete mystery to me To call her wit sharp is an understatement Completely unsentimental, she roots out self deception and posturing as if eradicating crabgrass from an otherwise pristine lawn This book gives proof to the adage that the best comic writing deals with matters of life and death.

    25. This is a brave book it was Mary Wesley s first published novel and it wasn t published until she was 70 which always gave me hope It starts with two attempted suicides and ends with a glimmer of hope It s only a glimmer but it is at least a glimmer and I think it s the best of Wesley s books by a reading mile.

    26. Matty has carefully planned to die, but is interrupted when she stumbles across another would be suicide This middle aged woman and young man who is on the run after killing his mother learn a lot about each other in the next few days This is an odd book, full of odd plot twists and odd characters and odd situations I liked it.

    27. Matilda pr voit de mettre fin ses jours quand elle rencontre le type recherch par la police pour matricide Sur un coup de t te, elle l emm ne dans son cottage isol S ensuit un tonnant t te t te, avec dialogues corrosif et r v lations stup fiantes Une com die cocasse et cynique, l humour noir explosif

    28. This book was well written, but that s all I can say in its favour Matilda, the heroine, isn t a likeable character She s full of strange ideas, disloyalties, and unmaternal feelings It was apparently supposed to be funny but I found it dissatisfying and rather depressing Not at all recommended.

    29. This was a very different story, one that I think will resonate with me later I feel that its one of those books that while you are reading it, you are a little confused, but a week or a month later you are still thinking about it.

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