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A Vicious Circle: A rip-roaring read Elle

Amanda Craig

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A brilliantly witty satire of modern manners, dissecting and connecting modern London, from its literary circuit to its hospitals and slums, as well as giving a funny and poignant portrait of childbirth and motherhood.

This gripping, moving and hiliarious novel introduces seven characters, each of whom has a profound effect on each other s lives. Each must choose between probity and self-interest in love and work. Some compromise themselves completely; others oscillate between vice and virtue. Others are redeemed by twists of fate. For in a vicious circle, nothing is certain except change.

For five years timid Mary Quinn has supported her lover, Mark Crawley, in his rise to one of London s most savage political journalists. Now Mark has started a calculated affair with Amelia, daughter of a newspaper magnate. Mary s translation from jilted lover to a figure of power and vengeance is mirrored by Amelia s change from vain, snobbish socialite to exhausted mother.

A dazzling plot and lucid, absorbing style characterise this deliciously satirical portrait of the way we live now.

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Amanda Craig

Amanda Craig is a British novelist, short-story writer and critic. Born in South Africa in 1959, she grew up in Italy, where her parents worked for the UN, and was educated at Bedales School and Clare College Cambridge.

After a brief time in advertising and PR, she became a journalist for newspapers such as the Sunday Times, Observer, Daily Telegraph and Independent, winning both the Young Journalist of the Year and the Catherine Pakenham Award. She was the children's critic for the Independent on Sunday and The Times. She still reviews children's books for the New Statesman, and literary fiction for the Observer, but is mostly a full-time novelist. Her novel Hearts and Minds was longlisted for the Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction, and her most recent novel, The Lie of the Land, was chosen as a book of the year by the Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, New Statesman, Evening Standard, Sunday Times and Irish Times.

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