Balancing Act

Balancing Act Susie Moran is a success She has founded and run her own highly profitable company and now her three daughters are all involved in the business Rooted in the traditions of the Stoke on Trent potterie

  • Title: Balancing Act
  • Author: Joanna Trollope
  • ISBN: 9780857521088
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Susie Moran is a success She has founded and run her own highly profitable company, and now her three daughters are all involved in the business Rooted in the traditions of the Stoke on Trent potteries, and producing charming, useable objects of distinctive design, Susie is justly proud of her family and her achievement and has no intention of letting it change.But whSusie Moran is a success She has founded and run her own highly profitable company, and now her three daughters are all involved in the business Rooted in the traditions of the Stoke on Trent potteries, and producing charming, useable objects of distinctive design, Susie is justly proud of her family and her achievement and has no intention of letting it change.But what of the men in the family Susie s husband, a musician and artist, has always seemed happy to take a back seat One of her sons in law has few ambitions outside the home Another daughter, though, has brought her husband into the company and they want to change things, much to Susie s distress.And then, into the mix arrives Susie s father, an ageing hippy who abandoned Susie as a baby Now he s alone, and wants to build bridges , although Susie s daughters are outraged at the idea Can the needs of a family business override the needs of the family itself In wanting to preserve her business, will Susie lose something much precious

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    1. Joanna Trollope

      Joanna Trollope Potter Curteis aka Caroline Harvey Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather s rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope She is the eldest of three siblings She is a fifth generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trollope She was educated at Reigate County School for Girls followed by St Hugh s College, Oxford On 14 May 1966, she married the banker David Roger William Potter, they had two daughters, Antonia and Louise, and on 1983 they divorced In 1985, she remarried to the television dramatist Ian Curteis, and became the stepmother of two stepsons they divorced in 2001 Today, she is a grandmother and lives on her own in London.From 1965 to 1967, she worked at the Foreign Office From 1967 to 1979, she was employed in a number of teaching posts before she became a writer full time in 1980 Her novel Parson Harding s Daughter won in 1980 the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists Association.

    981 thoughts on “Balancing Act”

    1. I usually enjoy Joanna Trollope's books with her insights into family life. This one less so. On the positive side, her depiction of the children Maisie and Fred was as vivid as usual for children in her books. They are living creatures who jump off the page.Also, several phrases that the characters came out with stopped me in my tracks and got me exploring scenarios in my own family life.On the negative side, I confused the main male characters throughout the book, mixing up Leo and Jasper whic [...]


    2. This is the first Joanna Trollope novel I have read in a long time. The story centres on Susie Moran, who founded and runs a successful pottery company. Her three daughters, Cara, Ashley and Grace, and one son in law, Daniel, are all involved in the highly profitable business. But change is imminent and Susie does not like change, especially when it mean relinquishing control, because Susie is quite simply a control freak. The characters in the story are well portrayed and complex. Yet, although [...]


    3. I am a big fan of Joanna Trollope and have all her books so I was looking forward to this one. It turned out to be a pleasant read with her usual variety of characters and a reasonably interesting story. However it certainly was not one of her best. I felt I must have missed the point somewhere as I could not understand what Susie had actually done to deserve what happens to her. As this is the focus of the entire book it is probably understandable that I came away from reading it feeling a bit [...]


    4. I have been a fan of Joanna Trollope for a very long time , but feel very let down by this one. Her characters are usually so well drawn and memorable but no-one in this bunch of dreary whingers stayed with me at all.I simply couldn't work out why they were all so boring and negative. Even the token bad boy Jeff just sort of fizzled out without really living up to his reputation.To me they all seemed to be terminally depressed and I couldn't undetstand why. Ultimately I didn't care.I did quite l [...]


    5. Finished reading “Balancing Act” by Joanna Trollope. May 2014Back to her usual fare after her “Sense and Sensibility” fiasco. Another easy read, but not quite as enjoyable as most of her others. The family dynamics were interesting and credible as things unravelled before re-grouping to produce the 'happy ever after' ending. But in spite of that – or perhaps because of the 'happy ever after' ending in particular - the characters didn't quite ring true. The female characters are basical [...]


    6. I once had a shirt. Back in the day I 'owned' this shirt – denim, with brass buttons – that I loved to wear. Its material had been softened by years of detergent washings and it fitted me to a tee. Of course, back then, I was leaner; tauter too. I figured in that shirt I looked as good as it was possible for me to look. Really, though, I had no fashion sense in the old century – still don't in this new one. I have no idea who purchased it for me as I rarely buy clothes for myself, but I wo [...]


    7. There was something in this book that I actually found offensive. I was looking forward to reading it as I could see it was about a family that had three daughters and I am one of three daughters so I always enjoy stories that have this family set up. However, once I got into the book I found it was less about the family unit and more about women’s roles and men’s roles. You would think a book written by a female author and published in 2014 would have a modern day attitude but I found that [...]



    8. Hmm! I probably didn't do myself or Joanna Trollope any favours after reading this so soon after Daughters in Law, which I love. To be honest I don't think Balancing Act is one of her best. I struggled to engage with the characters and found Susie's relationship with her husband to be under-developed. The author had done a lot of research about The Potteries and the whole process of making pottery but at the beginning I felt that all of this information got in the way of the story and slowed the [...]


    9. It's sixteen years since I last read a Joanna Trollope novel. I've changed a lot since then. Learnt to write novels of my own. So it came as a bit of a shock to realise that these novels a) haven't changed one iota in all that time and b) that they lack veracity. I find it shocking that I might to some extent have been using them to inform my view of how family life ought to go. That said, of course, Joanna Trollope earns a living from her novels whereas I very certainly do not.But it was depres [...]


    10. I am a long term fan of Joanna Trollope, but hadn't read one of her books for a long time when i picked up this one. I have to say that sadly it doesn't match up to her earlier books. The characters are real and interesting and solid, but I was bemused to find that as I finished the book, I was still waiting for the story to start - it finishes in a flurry of cliches and predictability and just goes nowhere as if she's run out of time or inclination to write. A shame as I think the family (chara [...]


    11. A really disappointing offering from Joanna Trollope after the brilliant Soldier's Wife? It was featured self indulgent spoilt characters and isn't worth bothering with


    12. I have never read anything by Joanna Trollope before; although I went through a phase of spectacularly enjoying Anthony Trollope, I formed the impression that Joanna Trollope was not going to scratch the same itch. If Balancing Act is typical of her work, she doesn't.Since the narrator is fairly omniscient, early on I figured that I was supposed to accept the point of view that only ambitious business people are truly worthwhile, and people who have other goals and priorities are obviously lazy [...]


    13. [This article was first published in Catalonia Today magazine, June 2015.]Here is a blatantly upper middle-class British family. They work together in a pottery-making business and this is the story of what happens to them in an eventful period of change in all of their lives.Joanna Trollope, a former chair of the UK's Orange Prize for books, has recently made the mainstream news with her comments criticising UK literary festivals for their commercialism. She has said that she "feared festivals [...]


    14. What is a bestseller?What is a bestselling author?And how do these things relate to the reader's enjoyment of a book?And what is the purpose of a book - is it to entertain? Is it to inform? Is it to engage and stimulate the imagination, the senses, someone's core? Is it to shift us forward as human beings in some way or another?And to bestselling authors do this better than anyone else? Or should that read, do they do it "best"?This is a best selling book. For a fair few months now, as I write, [...]


    15. A review copy was provided by Gill Hess and Transworld in return for an honest review:Release Date: 27/02/2014Balancing act is a book that shows why you should never ever work with your family or close friends!Susie Sullivan was abandoned as a baby and raised by her grandparents. Despite an unconventional up bringing she has grown to become a successful business womanShe is not only the name behind Susie Sullivan pottery. She is the life blood, the driving force behind the company that she start [...]


    16. Does anyone know whether this was published before 2014? I picked it up in a bit of a daze at the airport on Friday and could have sworn that I read it some time ago. It could be, though, that her books are becoming very formulaic- most of her books seem to feature three adult, middle class children and spouses/kids living in the modern working world who have to deal with an errant, ageing parent who everyone gets cross with. I used to love Trollope but I think she has lost her touch- the charac [...]


    17. I always enjoy a Joanna Trollope novel and am drawn in by her wonderful characterisation - but I have to admit this was not one of her best.I struggled to identify with some of the characters - in particular, Susie - and things did seem to work out a bit neatly.I really enjoyed the scenes with the children Maisie and Fred and Leo's struggles and triumphs at being a stay-at-home Dad - but found it hard to care about many of the other characters.Except perhaps the prodigal father, Maurice, and co- [...]


    18. I am a great fan of Joanna Trollope's and have read most of her books. This is not one of the best. It tells the story of a family run business, and of Susie and her daughters who run it. Susie is convinced that she and she alone knows how to best run things, the girls have different ideas. Throw in a long lost father and some romantic action and there you have it. I thought it was similar in tone and story to Daughters-in-law. If you like Joanna Trollope, and enjoy this sort of English domestic [...]


    19. I've read a few of Joanna Trollope's books and always found them engaging and page-turning, but this one was more of a trial. I kept thinking, 'In a page or two, I'm bound to get more interested' and when the long-lost father turned up, I was hopeful. But although some of the scenes are written well, I think the book needed a better general edit to tighten it up, and I found some of the characters tedious if not annoying. The portrayal of the house-husband scenario was good, but overall I think [...]


    20. I usually love Joanna Trollope's books, but this one was a bit of a disappointment. It's the story of a family pottery business, in which the mother is the head of the successful company and her 3 grown daughters have roles running it. The book, in a nutshell, is concerned with the dissatisfaction of each daughter with her place at work and at home. Eventually after numerous confrontations and gloom, the women find new ways to continue their working relationships.


    21. I have read most of Joanna Trollope's novels and have always found them entertaining and engaging. I have to admit that I was rather disappointed in this book. Perhaps it was because she swopped from one character to another in short scenes throughout the book. I didn't feel that the characters - particularly Susan Moran's three daughters - were clearly defined. I managed to finish the book but it was not nearly as memorable as other books I have read by Joanna Trollope.


    22. Another Joanna Trollope book where the author does what she does best: describe the lives and relationships of family members. In this case the story revolves around Susie, a successful business woman who has built a family business while her husband has stayed home to raise their three daughters. The daughters, now adults, are now part of the business and friction inside and outside the factory starts to fray everyone's nerves.A perfectly enjoyable Trollope book that her fans will enjoy.


    23. I'm a big fan of Joanna Trollope, but this book just didn't do it for me. I liked the story line, but somehow it wasn't compelling. Maybe too many characters and never enough time to get invested in each character. I liked the strong female characters and I liked the unconventional house-husbands.


    24. Good enjoyable read, but not great. The end a bit unsatisfactory, there are issues raised in the lives of the characters which are not quite resolved.As ever, Joanna Trollope produces loads of vivid characters, sometimes hard to remember who they all are.


    25. Family business run by mum - Susie and her 3 daughters holding different role in the company. Marriages, relationships, family and business all strained. Then Susie's absent father is thrown into the mixmiddle class combustion follows


    26. Joanna Trollope at her best! Her wonderful characters (including Polynesia the parrot) came to life for me, haunting my thoughts throughout the day and I'm sure I'll be thinking about them for a long time.


    27. My first Joanna Trollope. This was a slow family saga with a Emma Bridgewater undertones. Couldn't really get into it and it didn't seem to go anywhere. Non of the family members were particularly likeable. Not sure I would be in a hurry to pick up another title by this author.


    28. I found this easy to read but a bit too much of the same old thing. Joanna Trollope has a dedicated public in the middle class but really none of these characters are particularly likeable or terribly interesting. Perhaps the old father has a little to offer but I think she was better before.


    29. Enjoyable readJoanna Trollope has the ability to create very believable characters. People very much like you or me. The story was interesting without ever becoming dramatic. A lovely read.


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