Described as “Eat, Pray, Love” meets “The Last Weekend”, Swimming Upstream is similar in style to books by Jojo Moyes (“Me Before You”), Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”), Nick Hornby (“How to be Good”) and Blake Morrison (“The Last Weekend”).
“I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”
Lizzie has begun to achieve all the things she thought she had ever wanted, but realises instead that she is far from happy. Then she steps out into the path of an oncoming car, and her life begins to unravel, setting off a life-changing chain of events. Lizzie leaves her boyfriend and her home and moves to London to pursue her career. There, she attempts to overcome the legacy of her past and find her true direction in life. Little does she realise that her life is about to take another shocking twist… and that the consequences will be enormous.
Swimming Upstream is a thoughtful but often humorous story about a young woman’s pursuit of happiness. Set in the early 1990s in Cambridge and London, it is also a story of friendship, love and divided loyalties – and the moral choices that Lizzie ultimately faces, when the chips are down.
Swimming Upstream is definitely a thinking, real-life type of book. It would not surprise me at all if I was told it was a true story. I felt like I was walking down the street with Lizzie and having conversations with her. Ruth Mancini painted very vivid, real characters. Lizzie has real problems and issues and ends up in some very iffy situations.
Honestly, towards the end I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to happen in Lizzie’s life. At the end all you really want for her is what we all want in life – contentment. We all want to know at the end of the day, month, year(s) that we did the best we could with what we had and life is actually pretty darn good. I definitely had that perfect feel good feeling when I was finished with this book.
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About the Author
Ruth Mancini was born in South London and educated in London and Cambridge where she gained a Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and a post-graduate diploma in law. For several years she worked in the publishing industry before becoming a practising lawyer, author and freelance writer.She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.
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