Alice Hartley's Happiness

Alice Hartley s Happiness When Professor Charles Pringle does not react to his wife s special birthday dance of the seven veils Alice decides to leave him and moves in with an unsuspecting student Michael His aunt dies and l

  • Title: Alice Hartley's Happiness
  • Author: Philippa Gregory
  • ISBN: 9780007318810
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Professor Charles Pringle does not react to his wife s special birthday dance of the seven veils, Alice decides to leave him and moves in with an unsuspecting student, Michael His aunt dies and leaves him her house, so the couple move in and convert it into a growth centre.

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    About "Philippa Gregory"

    1. Philippa Gregory

      Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins War now known as The War of the Roses and a new era for the acclaimed author.Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks Visitors to her site, PhilippaGregory become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.Her other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website Philipa s Facebook page facebook PhilippaGregoryOfficial

    159 thoughts on “Alice Hartley's Happiness”

    1. To people who insist that this book only gets bad reviews because readers compare it to her more famous works, I have to confess: I have never read a Philippa Gregory book. And this may be the worst possible choice to start with.I can forgive the faux liberation, the haphazard romping disguised as sexual freedom, the preachiness. (Yes, this book is as preachy as a Chick Tract, only in the opposite direction.) What I can't forgive is the terrible, terrible writing. Characters that are not so much [...]


    2. After reading the turgidly Gothic soap operas of the Wideacre trilogy and the rather indifferently-written later installments of her Wars of the Roses series, the satirical suburban farce on display here was initially jarring, but the many clever & wry little observations quickly turned it into a fun and fluffy little read about daft people.One of my favorite parts was Alice trying to administer to the haggard mums breaking under the societal expectation of being perfect, and giving their li [...]


    3. My mom bought this book last summer when we were in a discount book store. The reason she bought it is that Alice Hartley was also my (paternal) grandmother's name. Scanning the back cover where it said "Alice Hartley is a woman in her prime. Yet she is not happy. Her husband refuses to respond to her mature delights, leaving her powerless as his interest strays elsewhere. " grabbed our attention. When my grandma asked me for books, she was always careful to tell me "no sex", so this description [...]


    4. This book really made me laugh, the black humour I found immensely entertaining. Having assumed it was another historical novel I was surprised to find it wasn't at all what I was expecting, why on earth did the publisher choose such a misleading cover? Anyway I'm glad I didn't read the bad reviews before I picked it up because I would have missed a thoroughly enjoyable book, full of hilarious one-liners and tongue in cheek social comment. Admittedly as you get towards the end of the book the st [...]


    5. I almost stopped reading this after the first few chapters, it gradually got better but was well below the usual standards of this author. Not one I'll read again.


    6. I struggled through this, though thankfully it was a quick read. Gregory does manage to maintain her reader friendly prose, but As the other reviewer mentioned, no character is likable, but that isn't really the problem. In much of Gregory's other works even characters making horrible choices are compelling and understood evoking reader sympathy. Their values and interests and backgrounds are explored and through this, their characters have depth. This depth is missing in this novel. Several com [...]


    7. I picked this up randomly while browsing in the library since I have read a number of Philippa Gregory's historical novels. This one written 20 years ago now is more contemporary and focuses on the wife of a university professor. As one myself, I really couldn't relate to the university environment and I found the whole book rather odd, especially the scene with the baby and the dolphins! Not one to recommend unfortunately.


    8. This book was not what I expected. I thought going by the cover it was historical fiction. It was a pleasant surprise. It was about a woman stuck in a boring marriage, her husband is having an affair with a young student. Things start to turn really bizarre as she takes up with a younger man and they embark on an alternative lifestyle, much to the horror of the local community. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would highly recommend it.


    9. I loved this book! Such a departure from the historical novels Ms. Gregory is famous for. This story is quite contemporary and could easily be set anytime in the last 20 years or so, and is also still valid today.Alice is unhappy with her life and especially with her marriage. Her husband is having an affair wth one of his students. So a chance encounter with a young man who comes to the house to borrow a desk to use in a play, gives Alice a swift idea on how to get her revenge on her husband an [...]


    10. What a romp this book is!If you are reading it hoping for historical fiction, you will be sadly disappointed, because this feels more like the author's pressure valve - her plaything. It may make you want to go out and live a better, freer life. At times, it reminded me a bit of Tom Sharpe, with the Alice's magnificent disregard for authority.It is very interesting the way that Gregory talks directly to the reader at a few points too, so that we are well aware that this is her fictional playthin [...]


    11. Professor Charles Hartley, approaching middle age, has realized what’s wrong with his life—it’s his wife, Alice, part of his struggling, underfunded, under-regarded Past. Just as certainly, little Miranda Bloomfeather, with her skimpy clothes, pert little bum, and grades in need of improvement, is undoubtedly the Future. This leaves poor Alice powerless and unhappy until a chance encounter brings her the opportunity to escape and embrace the taste of freedom. This is a delightful, rollicki [...]


    12. If you like the Other Boleyn Girl and the rest of the series, this one is nothing like them. This book is very, very strange. So strange that I kept reading thinking that it must redeem itself. It didn't. Full of Mother Earth, strange sex, giving birth with dolphins, poisoning old ladies, as well as being written in the Omniscient point of view, (with the writer occasionally and randomly writing directly to you the reader), it makes this a strange read, that to me, didn't make sense. I would not [...]


    13. I've read a few of Philippa Gregory's historical novels, and given up on some part way through for various reasons. But Alice Hartley's Happiness was a different type of novel altogether. It was funny and quirky. It tells the story of Alice Hartley who leaves her boring husband, taking all his belongings with her. She picks up a toy-boy lover and almost accidentally sets of a commune to enable people to grow and to love one another. Not to be taken too seriously it was a refreshing change from t [...]


    14. I've read other Philippa Gregory books and they were, at least, entertaining. This wasn't. It was awful. I didn't like the characters, not even a little bit. They all seemed like whining children and I didn't care what happen to them. When the main character kills a cat for no reason at all I literally threw the book across the room. Awful book.


    15. This is the weirdest book ever, the main character was a bit too eccentric and was too in touch with her sexual side for me. Compared to the other amazing works of Philippa Gregory I am very disappointed.


    16. If you're confused by how different this is to the books Gregory is no doubt earning a packet from, it's a satire, folks. In the grand English tradition of mocking the shit out of everything but particularly academia.


    17. I have loved reading Philippa Gregory since first reading The Constant Princess. I enjoyed another book of hers set in modern day however this one I did not. It was scattered, the characters had no real personality, the setting and situation although interesting was not well written.




    18. I'm on page 47 and the charming Alice has just killed a cat and chucked him in the bin. No. Just no. I'm not reading any more of this shit.


    19. different from her other books - but looking forward to reading the White Princess and her new set of novels that are being released


    20. Not at all what I expected from what I thought was a historical writer but this was so funny! Such large characters and hysterical overdramatisation all the way through, it was lovely read


    21. This is a farce masquerading as a no idea what exactly. It's ridiculous. The final chapter would have saved it from a one star rating but she killed the cat. Who does that? Fuck Alice and her happiness.


    22. I don't know where I picked it up but it was not worth my time. It was a bizarre mid-life crisis book with no direction and an abrupt ending. I was not a fan of this one at all.


    23. Didn't like this book at all. If I could give negative stars I would. I just didn't really follow it and it was all I could do to get through it.


    24. Alice Hartley is the plump, middle aged wife of a university professor, has a penchant for new age theories, floaty scarves and lots of sex. When she finds out that her husband is having an affair with one of his students, Alice decides that what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander (or vice versa) and promptly drives off in a removal van with one of her husband’s students who has come to collect a desk that he promised to lend the drama group for a play. Not only do they take the d [...]



    25. Philippa Gregory, a well-loved voice in the world of historical fiction, has quite a gift for expressing time and place (essential when one is reading about the Tudors, or the War of the Roses.) It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that she lends a similarly educational tone to a contemporary novel about a jilted wife who runs away with (literally) the first younger man she sees and pursues a life in "alternative therapy." Unfortunately, for a story which focuses on self-liberation and sex, Gr [...]


    26. I honestly don't know how it's possible that the same person who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl wrote this tripe. There is no story to this, it's bizarre for the sake of it, and overall it's pretty boring.


    27. Holy moly. Gregory really steps out of her realm of normalcy for this book. It's about a woman who's husband plans to leave her for a younger woman, only she leaves him for a younger man first, in a form of advanced vengeance. I love how she does it too. Hubby takes some sleeping pills, and she moves all the furniture out of the house while he's sleeping. This was the best part of the book.After that though it kinda goes downhill. Alice sets up a new age retreat in the house of the young man's a [...]


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