Blog Tour – Growing Up for Beginners by Claire Calman


Rachels Random Resources presents


by author Claire Calman

Blog Tour





Here is a little about the book:


Growing Up For Beginners

It’s not easy being a grown-up, but at 47, Eleanor hoped she’d be better at it by now…

When Eleanor waves her daughter off for a gap-year trip, she finds herself stuck as a satellite wife, spinning in faithful orbit around her domineering husband, with only her clever but judgmental father Conrad for comfort.

Andrew isn’t mastering the art of growing up either. But when he finds his belongings dumped in bin bags on the drive, even he can see that his girlfriend is hinting he should move out. With no other options, he moves back in with his parents.

Backing onto their garden lives artist Cecilia, living in chaotic clutter and dreaming of her ex-lovers, still acting like a stroppy teenager at the age of 66.

Four lives are drawn together by long-buried secrets of the past, and it is time for them all to grow up… before it’s too late.






Published June 4, 2020 Claire Calman astounds once again with her 5th novel GROWING UP FOR BEGINNERS.

Told from 4 different perspectives, we hear the tale of 4 totally different unrelated stories.  Eleanor, Conrad, Andrew and Cecilia all have different lives, they all have their own issues, be it relationships, families, mothers, husbands and children.  As you read this tale, you will find yourself wondering how any of these people have anything to do with each other, how do these stories intersect?  Trust me, they do, and Calman has done it so brilliantly that “truth be told” you never saw it coming.  It’s a heartwarming and heartbreaking story of love and loss, family and drama that includes just enough snark to make you really feel in touch with the characters (and chuckle a bit too).   Please stay with this one when you start, remember that each story has a purpose, and you will “find out” in the end.  I promise you that when you finish you will end up giving this book 5 stars and recommending it to friends.  Truly a great book for discussion.  Highly recommend with advice to stick with it, this one is worth every page.

Thank you so much to Claire Calman, Rachel Gilbey from Rachels Random Resources, and my friends at Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.


Purchase Links



Amazon UK 

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia 




About the Author


Claire Calman is a writer and broadcaster known for her novels that combine wit and pathos, including the bestseller Love is a Four-Letter Word. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Loose Ends.

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