Portobello

Portobello

Large Print - 2010
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The Portobello area of West London has a rich personality - vibrant, brilliant in colour, noisy, with graffiti that approach art, bizarre and splendid. An indefinable edge to it adds a spice of danger. There is nothing safe about Portobello...Eugene Wren inherited an art gallery from his father near an arcade that now sells cashmere, handmade soaps and children's clothes. But he decided to move to a more upmarket site in Kensington Church Street. Eugene was fifty, with prematurely white hair. He was, perhaps, too secretive for his own good. On a shopping trip one day, Eugene, quite by chance, came across an envelope containing money. He picked it up. For some reason, rather than report the matter to the police, he wrote a note and stuck it up on a lamppost near his house: "'Found in Chepstow Villas, a sum of money between eighty and a hundred and sixty pounds. Anyone who has lost such a sum should apply to the phone number below." This note would link the lives of a number of very different people - each with their obsessions, problems and dreams and despairs.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010.
Edition: Center Point large print ed.
ISBN: 9781602858831
1602858837
Characteristics: 397 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

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luckydogranch
Jul 04, 2016

This is an excellent modern day crime novel set in London, with five exquisitely developed, inter-related characters who meet by chance and inadvertently change each others lives. Each character intersects with the intrigue of the Portobello neighborhood and is emotionally transformed in the course of the tale.

ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

The catalyst for this leisurely paced but tense suspense novel is an envelope full of cash, which gallery owner Eugene Wren finds on Portobello Road after its owner is felled by a heart attack and carted off to the hospital. Eugene doesn't need the money himself, so he posts notices about the find and is soon contacted by other Londoners, all with their own obsessions and despairs. His good act leads, ultimately, to terrible consequences. With a strong sense of place and well-rounded characters from all social strata, Portobello Road is "superlative" (Publishers Weekly).

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readerpat
Oct 23, 2014

This was a strange book but after I got into it I enjoyed it.
The three main characters are weird. One is mentally ill, one is a thief and the other is rich but has an addiction to sugar free candies.
A lot different from her other books.

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