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Is There Anything You Want?
Author: Margaret Forster

ISBN: 9780701177454
Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1 March 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.5 x 2.5
Description:
What do Mrs H, Rachel, Edwina, Ida, Sarah, Dot, Chrissie have in common? They're all women, but beyond that they're fat, thin, old, young, professional, incompetent - and appear to be as diverse as human nature can be. But they are all survivors.

This compelling novel follows the ripples that go out into ordinary lives, women's lives in particular, which have been scarred and changed by a shared experience, all connected by the same hospital clinic in a small Northern town. This is a novel about what it means to live in the shadow of disease and with its scars, whether mental and physical, looking back over one's shoulder while trying to go forward. You can trip up or, if you're careful, you might make it . . .

At its heart is a strong, difficult but finally vulnerable, old woman. Mrs H is generous and helpful to a (sometimes comical) fault, and lives alone with a secret that she tells no one but that finally explains everything. Her niece is a young doctor who can't take the strain, and who wants something different from life. Alongside them are the other walking wounded, getting on with their contrasting lives: Ida, o...

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