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The Whole Wide Beauty [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Whole Wide Beauty By Emily Woof – A sensual wonderfully engaging debut about a woman’s passionate affair with her father’s protégé a poetDavid Freeman the charismatic and renowned director of the Broughton Poetry Foundation has A sensual wonderfully engaging debut about a woman’s passionate affair with her father’s protégé a poetDavid Freeman the charismatic and renowned director of the Broughton Poetry Foundation has always been interested in The Whole eBook ½ his work than his family and his daughter Katherine feels the wound of his neglect Having abandoned her creative life as a dancer muffled by motherhood and a conventional marriage she embarks on an intense affair with a poet one of her father’s protégés As she falls in love and her marriage starts to come apart she begins to uestion the depth of the romance Her emotional journey leads her back to the north of England where she was brought up to her father and to her younger self the passionate dancer Powerful wise and beautifully written The Whole Wide Beauty is an unforgettable debut novel about searching for fulfillment in love art and life.

  • Hardcover
  • 250 pages
  • The Whole Wide Beauty
  • Emily Woof
  • English
  • 02 January 2015
  • 9780393076585

About the Author: Emily Woof

Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne Emily Woof has written for stage film and radio Her plays include Sex III for the Royal Court Revolver and Going Going for the South Bank Centre The Whole eBook ½ and for BBC Radio Pianoman Baby Love and Home to the Black Sea She wrote and directed Meeting Helen for FilmFour and directed the prize winning short film Between The Wars She has also worked as a trapeze artist an.

10 thoughts on “The Whole Wide Beauty

  1. Lainy Lainy says:

    I really really had wanted to love this book but it just wasn't anything near what I hoped it would be The story starts with Katherine Freeman and introducing her life as it is and her parents and husband What she does and loves and her relationship with her husband It moves between that and her father his life and relationships and then her mother Every now and then its the husband and childThere wasn't any big pull in the story after a while we have some excitement when she longs for something that could ruin her whole family life and spill over into her fathers There is also a revelation with a secret her father has had and the potential for the story to erupt but it didn't come I thought the slow buildup and link to the family was due to a big plot that was just taking a while to get into but sadly it wasn't to beThe book is fairly easy to read but I didn't connect with any of the characters and felt it was lacking although the potential I felt was there Only a 25 for me

  2. Jenny (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie) Jenny (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie) says:

    Read the first 50 pages and then skimmed the rest This was not for me

  3. Eva Eva says:

    I never imagined giving this book 4 stars It does lean a bit towards 35 but I was pleasantly surprised When I started reading this book it came off a bit flat and boring but when Emily Woof goes in depth it just got better and betterI felt like every character was fake that sounds bad but what I mean is that they all live lifes whilst not being completely honest with themselves And when their secrets came to the surface it was uite intriguing What liked most about this book was the fact that the focus wasn't always on Katherine and Stephen I think that would have made the story less likeable to read

  4. Anne Anne says:

    Really enjoyed this one and found the character driven story totally absorbing and satisfyingly emotional Very accomplished for a first novel and I look forward to her next

  5. Vishy Vishy says:

    While browsing through my book collection I discovered an interesting trend in it Across the years I had collected books by British women writers writers who were probably well known in their circles but who were all new to me In the case of most of these books I picked them up because I liked the plot In the case of some books I picked them up because there was something about the writer that I found interesting and in some cases the book had won a literary award Some of these books were also long shortlisted for the Booker prize or the Orange prize So a few days back when I thought I will pick a new book to read I decided to take all these books I have by British women writers and read them together I thought it will be fun to compare their different takes on life and their different writing styles if I read them together The first book that I picked for reading in this series was ‘The Whole Wide Beauty’ by Emily Woof I bought Emily Woof’s book because I had discovered her through a different context A few years back I had seen the movie version of Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Woodlanders’ It is about a young woman who wants to grow out of her village roots and become a sophisticated person but she keeps getting pulled back to her village by her childhood sweetheart while the doctor that she is in love with though he is sophisticated is not exactly the nice person she assumes him to be This young woman’s search for love and how circumstances and the social setup of that time foil her plans form the rest of the story Emily Woof played the role of this young woman and I loved her performance So when I saw ‘The Whole Wide Beauty’ and discovered that it was written by the same Emily Woof I couldn’t resist getting it I have a soft corner for artists who are talented in multiple fields and who find expression for their creative impulses in diverse ways ‘Have a soft corner’ is putting it mildly I love these artists and am extremely jealous of them I am especially biased towards actors and actresses who write novels I have read and loved novels by Steve Martin ‘Shopgirl’ and Ethan Hawke ‘Ash Wednesday’ in the past So I had to read Emily Woof’s ‘The Whole Wide Beauty’ I finished reading it yesterday Here is what I think‘The Whole Wide Beauty’ is about Katherine who teaches music in a school for special children and her life and loves Katherine used to be a dancer before but she has given up dance after she got married to Adam She and Adam have a son called Kieron Adam’s parents David and Kay are very literary – David is a poet and also manages a foundation which is attempting to preserve the literary heritage of Northumbria while Kay teaches literature and poetry at school David organizes a fundraising dinner which also features poetry readings Stephen a poet who is mentored by David is one of those who participates in the readings The audience loves his poetry And Katherine falls in love with him How Katherine manages her relationship with Stephen and that of her family form the rest of the story This is of course summarizing the plot simplistically The novel is also about David’s attempts at raising funds for his literary foundation and the problems in doing so It is also about the complex relationships that David has with May his wife Gregory his brother in law Katherine Stephen and other characters in the story From one perspective the novel is the story of Katherine From another perspective it is also the story of David Though the novel is just around 300 pages like George Eliot’s ‘Middlemarch’ the book has many characters many stories interesting surprises and beautiful prose The main characters were all fully fleshed out and complex and flawed and humanly beautiful Though I liked Katherine and Stephen and some of the other main characters I didn’t really like David much my favourite characters in the story were May and Ken David’s gardener Some of the interesting things I noticed while reading the book were these one of the characters was called Kieron Katherine’s son and the word ‘pollard’ was used in the sentence ‘the pollarded plane trees seemed to push up’ – if you are a cricket fan you would probably know about Kieron Pollard; Katherine looks at her mobile phone to find out the time which seems to be a very contemporary practice – I remember reading about this in two other novels recently; the singular form of the verb is used with the noun ‘a couple’ in the sentence ‘A couple was crossing a side street’ – today the plural form is used uite regularly though it is grammatically incorrect and it has even started sounding right to our ears for example if we say ‘A couple were crossing a side street’ I liked ‘The Whole Wide Beauty’ very much I read some parts of the novel rapidly and I now regret doing that because it is a novel which needs to be read slowly because only when we read it that way the novel rewards us with its magic I can’t wait to find out what Emily Woof comes up with next I will leave you with some of my favourite passages from the book May knew that he was reassured by her mischievousness as she was by his indignationWhen he spoke to Katherine about May David always referred to her as ‘your mother’ rather than the familiar ‘Mum’ which presumed an intimacy he resisted It was part of his stubborn Northern heritage ‘Your mother’ was used by men to distance themselves from the family; ‘your mother’ seemed to Katherine to mean ‘she’s your mother and neither of you have anything to do with me’Once people were introduced to poetry they would change forever Poetry was a uiet permission for people to embrace their own mysteryDavid His work is conceptual very abstractChristopher Art has to look like something for me I’m afraidDavid Artists like George Gull need youChristopher What on earth for?David They need to be rejectedChristopher I see The perversity of the artist Longs for success but thrives on disdainThey probably took their dog on the same walk every afternoon May imagined their lives conventional their marriage so faithful and unchallenging They were perfectly moulded to each other like two bowls on a kitchen shelf She could never have chosen a life like theirs but as she got in her car to drive to Carlisle she wished for a small measure of their contentmentThe poem held a new intelligence The language was arresting almost disturbing s though he had pounded and bullied the words pushing them to the limits of making sense It was a raw excavation of the human need for love and the struggle to sustain itHave you read Emily Woof’s ‘The Whole Wide Beauty’? What do you think about it? Do you like reading novels by actors actresses or creative artists from other fields?

  6. Hannah Hannah says:

    There was a certain amount of poignancy I suppose but it took me well until a third of the way into the book before there was anything about the story I enjoyed And I very much skim read the ending If you like poetry perhaps the book might appeal the prose had a poetic essence to it but I can’t say I overly enjoyed reading it Not all books please all people all of the time

  7. Alyson Alyson says:

    More like 25 stars Is basically fine but not much happens and it's uite descriptive Some interesting plot hints could have been developed Ending seemed rushed

  8. Anne Anne says:

    'The Whole Wide Beauty' is a character led story and although of course there is a plot and various stories that interlink it is the strength of the characters that carry the novel None of the main characters are particularly likeable which for me made them interesting and unpredictable Katherine the main character is a retired dancer now a music teacher in a school for 'troublesome' boys and has just embarked on an affair with Stephen a poet who is a protegee of Katherine's father Her father David is a rather pompous and totally self absorbed he has spent his life trying to build up his poetry foundation with his wife and children always coming a poor secondThe one character that I did like was May Katherine's mother and David's wife she's totally independent carries on working and doing as she pleases and although at first she appears a little cold by the end of the story her real emotion and feelings are shown to the readerI found this an intense and absorbing read one that exposed the relationships within this family the 'back' stories gave an insight into the sometimes puzzling behaviour of some of the charactersThere is a real passion in this writing the novel slowly unravels into uite an emotional and absorbing read

  9. Lauren Lauren says:

    I am flying through this and really enjoying it It's my bread and butter Not earth shattering but uietly powerful interestingFull review in 2 days I'm guessingPositive review in New Yorker inspired me to read it I finished this last night and I really enjoyed it It wasn't mind blowing I'm not going to be telling everyone I know to read it But it was uietly powerful I also discovered yesterday that the Emily Woof who wrote this book is also a well known and gorgeous British actress What talent hat I liked the way the book glided easily between the points of view of different characters and we understood characters very differently depending on whose point of view the author was reflecting My only disappointment with the book was that ultimately for the protagonist it all came down to her father everything she ever did was to seek connection and approval with him And that theme just seems a little overused

  10. Jane Metter Jane Metter says:

    What makes a good read? It depends on the mood you are in and the choices you faceIf you are at a crossroads this book makes you uestion the notion of good enough a good enough parent a good enough daughter a good enough relationshipThis novel is so visual it should be made into a film Not only did I feel I knew all the characters but it also made me consider people I knew differently It propelled me to uestion the secret internal lives of others It proved to me that nothing is as it seems and that every day people are faced with choices and what underlies those choices is their perception of their own entitlement I loved the descriptions of daily life and the excitement that an alternative life can muster perhaps it exposes the frailty of the female human condition

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