Amanda Brookfield's sympathetic, incisive new novel dissects the relationships between sisters.
Beautiful Anna Lawrence, with a successful career in broadcasting and marriage to a wealthy man with a luxurious country home, has everything a thirty-two year old could wish for. Until she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, too late to do anything about it. Her sister Becky longs for children but her husband, a struggling chef, has told her they have to put family life on hold for a few more years. Anna's pregnancy uncovers fractures in the sisters' relationship going back years, and the ramifications affect everyone in their lives.
I savored every second of this deeply satisfying book. Amanda Brookfield goes from strength to strength. Her best yet. Treat yourself - Patricia Scanlan
The novel walks a line between comedy and wrenching sadness. It is fluently written and its depiction of domestic chaos and a man's bewilderment when unexpectedly faced with a young son's needs is all too recognisable - Elizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times on A Family Man
Superb in its minute observation - Northern Echo on The Lover
Witty and engaging - Family Circle on Single Lives
Brookfield has a true gift of narrative that draws the reader into the world she is painting... Unusually, she manages to make the reader care about the characters who are all realistic - The Magazine on A Family Man
Perceptive and very readable - The Times on Walls of Glass
Brookfield skilfully illuminates the relationships, dilemmas and compromises that define so many lifes - Sunday Express
Amanda Brookfield gained a First Class Honours Degree from Oxford before working at an advertising agency for several years. She wrote her first novel while living in Buenos Aires with her diplomat husband, and her second while in Washington, D.C. She has two young sons and now lives in London and divides her time between writing fiction and looking after her family.