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Nosy Neighbours by Freya Sampson : a review

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Book cover for Nosy Neighbours by Freya Sampson.  Vector of a turquoise front door and post coming out of the letterbox with a dog sitting in front of the door

Nosy Neighbours by Freya Sampson

  • Category : Contemporary Fiction
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zaffre (28 Mar. 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3056 KB
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Nosy Neighbours Summary

You can choose your home, but you can’t choose who lives next door . . .

Twenty-five-year-old Kat Bennett has never felt at home anywhere, especially not in crumbling Shelley House. The other residents think she’s prickly and unapproachable, but beneath her tough exterior, Kat is plagued by guilt from her past and looking for somewhere to belong.

Seventy-seven-year-old Dorothy Darling has lived in Shelley House for longer than anyone else, and if you believe the other tenants, she’s as cantankerous and vindictive as they come. Dorothy may spend her days spying on the neighbours, but she has a closely guarded secret herself – and a good reason for barely leaving her home.

When their building faces demolition, sworn enemies Kat and Dorothy become unlikely allies in their quest to save their historic home; and even less likely detectives when they suspect that foul play is coming from within Shelley House . . .

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Nosy Neighbours Review

In Nosy Neighbours the tenants of Shelley House come together to try and uncover the mystery of who has hurt fellow resident Joseph and to fight the owner of their building from tearing their home down. The action centres on new sub-tenant Kat who has just moved in and has a secret she’s trying to keep tied to the area. Dorothy is in her late seventies and watches all the comings and goings around Shelley House, writing her observations down in her notebook.

Joseph and Dorothy are sworn enemies but when he is attacked in his home both Dorothy and Kat get together to look after his beloved dog Reggie while he recovers in hospital and despite feeling hostility towards Kat they stick together to uncover the truth about the intruder and their other enemy, their landlord.

I enjoyed this funny and charming book and its band of characters. I started off disliking Dorothy but I started to warm to her as she began to cool and I started to like her determination and character. Kat also went on a journey as she worked through her own struggles and slowly started to feel a sense of purpose joining in Dorothy’s fight.  A fabulous read.

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About the Author

Freya Sampson works in television as a creator and executive producer. Her credits include two documentary series for the BBC about the British royal family as well as a number of factual and entertainment series. She studied history at Cambridge University and in 2018 was short-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize. She lives in London with her husband, two young children, and an antisocial cat. @SampsonF

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