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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142003328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142003329
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

During Queen Elizabeth's coronation summer of 1953, Rosie, a seven-year-old waif living above an Old Compton Street caf‚ with the owners (a couple she calls Auntie Maggie and Uncle Bert), learns something about her unknown parentage in this captivating first novel. Granger, a native of London's bohemian Soho district, celebrates London low life a Dickensian rogues' gallery of pimps, prostitutes, con men, thieves and shady lawyers through the engaging voice of her endearing young heroine. "It's Edward VIII, miss," Rosie tells her teacher, eager to contribute to a class discussion about the new queen's family. "He was having it off with that Simpson woman, my auntie Maggie said so. Terrible it was. She was a divorced woman, miss, and still married to Mr. Simpson." As she talks of her school friends and neighbors, of a train trip, a beach holiday, a visit to a posh house as well as excursions closer to home, Rosie paints an earthy and entertaining picture of England a half-century ago. A high-speed chase, a kidnapping and blackmail provide the action, while the mysterious Perfumed Lady, the tart of the tale, supplies the tension. Readers expecting a conventional crime caper may be disappointed, but anyone who appreciates fine storytelling will eagerly await further word from Rosie in the sequel, The Widow Ginger, due next year. for fiction.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Granger's latest is a warmhearted fictional memoir of growing up in post-World War II London. Six-year-old Rosa Featherby has been raised by Auntie Maggie and Uncle Bert ever since her mother, Cassandra, deserted her at birth. Despite occasional visits from her mum, Rosa can't imagine leaving her aunt and uncle and their circle of friends. But after a girl at school tells everyone in the playground that Rosa's mum is a tart, Rosa starts worrying about whether her life with Maggie and Bert will be disrupted. As it turns out, she's right to worry. Her mum is from a wealthy family but ran away to avoid her abusive stepfather, who now wants to get his hands on Cassandra's share of the profitable family business. Unlike many modern stories, this one ends with both the good guys and the baddies getting their just rewards. Rosa's little-girl perspective gives the book a charm and naivete rare in modern fiction, and the nostalgia for the "good old days" is palpable. Maeve Binchy fans will enjoy it. Emily Melton
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This book was a delight from page one.
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Any book that sparks the reader's involuntary reactions so strongly is definitely a great one and a must read.
Freda
I can't wait to read more of Rosie's further adventures in Granger's next novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on October 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read Not all Tarts are Apple when it first became available in England, and I was enchanted by it. Rosie and her wonderfully eclectic group of grown-ups draw you into their circle and make you feel welcome. I found it in turns very touching, edge of your seat exciting and down right hilarious.
Can't wait for Mrs Granger's next work!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leigh A. Taft on July 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Loved it! Can't say enough about it. I'm bad about getting stuck in certain "genres" of fiction. I had this selected into my Wish List for quite a while, & finally decided to try it. What a refreshing treat it was! The book certainly is beguiling & whisks you up & away immediately. I must say I also learned some new vocab from those crazy Brits. Call me dumb, but I didn't know what they were referring to at first when they'd use the word "tart"!

Rosie is an adorable little character. So loveable, you find yourself feeling she's real, & think about her when you're not reading the book. (A sign of a great book is not only does it capture your thoughts while reading it, but when you put it down.)

I can't wait to read more of Rosie's further adventures in Granger's next novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
To use the words that come to mind in describing this book - beguiling, enchanting, charming - make it sound cuter than cute, sweeter than sweet. It's not. What it is is ... just wonderful. Give yourself a treat and read it. Go ahead, be beguiled!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJ on December 30, 2005
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I loved this book! Even though I'm not British, the characters were believable and multi-dimensional. They all had their flaws; no one was perfect but they were irresistable all the same! You really couldn't feel sorry for seven year old Rosie who was abandoned by her alcoholic, hooker Mother. She was completely loved and nurtured by so many people! What a fortunate child! You don't expect a book that includes an abandoned child, rape, prostitution, organized crime, substance abuse and kidnapping to be hilarious or sweet. This book was both. Don't miss reading this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freda on May 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book off my shelf randomly and I am quite delighted that I did so. Not All Tarts are Apple by Pip Granger tells the story of Rosie, a young girl in 1950's England whose mother abandoned her when she was born. Although the book involves prostitution, gambling, addiction, and all other aspects of low-life and seediness, I found it to be surprisingly upbeat and angelic. Because the story is told from the point of view of a child, the reader is re-introduced into the innocent mindset that they once had themselves. This view is refreshing, to say the least! You find yourself disliking the lowly and vulgar characters such as wife-beaters and pimps along Rosie's entire neighborhood, rooting for them to get "slaughtered" and "bounced off walls and pavement" (65). Any book that sparks the reader's involuntary reactions so strongly is definitely a great one and a must read.

The family atmosphere created by the characters in the book also forces the reader to love it. Everyone loves and looks after Rosie as if she is his or her own child, and in turn the reader also loves Rosie. How could you not love an innocent child that maintains devotion and sincerity among a world of crooked adults? Rosie draws out the child in every reader regardless of age. In addition, the language used in this book is very enjoyable and fun. You find yourself beginning to think and talk in a British slang after only a few minutes of reading, which I consider another indication of the lasting affects this book has on you. Overall, this book warms your heart and leaves you with no option but to love it. I would recommmend this to anyone and everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Picky Shopper on December 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I checked out this book from the library by chance. Glad to have read it. Uncle Bert and Auntie Maggie's clan definitely comes to life, with their own stories and characters, so that in the end you feel like joining them in the corner of the cafe. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it's not a book that'll blow off your 'knickers' but still a fun read.
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