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Can anyone tell me what this book is please?

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R0nJ0n Thu 31-Dec-15 20:39:07

I can remember the plot, but not the name of the book or the author, and it's really bugging me.

The central character is a house sitter, she's middle aged and has no close family. She takes up residence in a grand house which is mostly locked up, but she finds the keys and lets herself into the rest of the house. A young women with a baby turns up, the baby may not be hers, then a young man turns up. I can't remember if he has a prior connection to the young woman not. The group form a kind of family, but their days are numbered by the imminent return of the owners of the house. It all ends badly, blackberry pie may be involved.

I also think there may have been a TV version with the wonderful Penelope Wilton in the central role.

Can anyone put me out of my misery and tell me what it is?

FishWithABicycle Thu 31-Dec-15 20:42:16

Doesn't ring any bells for me but have you tried looking through Penelope Wilton's career filmography on imdb.com?

littlenicky61 Thu 31-Dec-15 20:42:21

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Broken_Things

is it this

R0nJ0n Thu 31-Dec-15 20:45:18

Littlenicky, that's it, thanks. I should have thought of looking on IMDb.

littlenicky61 Thu 31-Dec-15 20:48:50

looks good - might read it myself ! Happy New Year : )

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