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  • The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle

  • By: Sophie Green
  • Narrated by: Anthea Greco
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle

By: Sophie Green
Narrated by: Anthea Greco
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Publisher's Summary

It's 1982 in Australia. THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.

In a seaside suburb, housewife Theresa takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.

From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one constant in her new life.

After finding herself in a desperate situation, 25-year-old Leanne only has herself to rely on. She became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself.

Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home and without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle.

In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean's salt. They will find solace and companionship, and learn that love takes many forms.

Most of all, they will cherish their friendship, each and every day.

©2019 Sophie Green (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

'A tender, heartwarming read' New Idea

'An upbeat story about suburban life and female solidarity' Spectrum

'A delightful novel about the power of female friendship' Sunday Age

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Beautiful

An endearing story of friendship and love and how women can come together to lift each other up and support them through whatever life throws at them.

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Charming

A lovely story of four women who become friends during the 1980s in suburban Sydney. Very easy to listen to and would make a perfect summer beach read.

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Heartwarming story of friendship

Lovely story of friendship, determination and finding yourself even later in life. The author captured well how things were in the early 1980s

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I loved this so much!

what a beautiful story! Beautiful, full of rich but unpretentious imagery, poetic, insightful....I loved it so much!

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very nice story

This was a story of friendship and resistance. lovely hart warming, caring sharing and trust

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Utterly delicious

The story, the performance was absolutely delectable... very impressed - raced to the end but didn’t want it to end...

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Easy Read

Easy read with nice story about how women form relationships with each other.narrated well. Listened to it just to relax .

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The story was okay but . .

The theme of female friendship makes for a nice story but stories need to be factually correct when they involve a serious health issue that impacts too many women.
Spoiler alert
When would a surgeon perform a mastectomy without first undertaking a biopsy?
We don’t want to discourage women from seeking medical advice when a lump is discovered for fear of surgery without proper investigation so please authors, realise that some people can take away a misconstrued medical belief from a poorly written story.


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Really enjoyed listening to it

I enjoyed listening to the intertwined lives and how they can affect your path in life. I could relate to quite a bit and reflect on my own life.

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very Pleasant

A lovely pleasant story about women's friendship. a little drawn out at times toward the end, describing why, each and every phrase was said, but then got better. Narrator did a beautiful job.

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