'A joy to read . . . a classically sophisticated comedy' Max Davidson, The Daily Telegraph
As editor of the local newspaper in the small, pleasant town of Badgers Heath, Oliver Kettle is expected to join in the locals' constant efforts to raise money for good causes, from karaoke marathons to sponsored funerals.
But with Bananaskin Week, the biggest fund-raising drive of them all, the hapless Kettle finds himself drawn into a spiralling nightmare of adultery, blackmail and intrigue. Too late, he realises that charity is the last consideration of his fellow citizens.
Waterhouse is quite easily the wittiest and best chronicler of contemporary life . . . splendidly funny, clever and unusual . . . a most enjoyable book - Sunday Telegraph
Done with such a delightfully light touch that I found myself reading non-stop - Evening Standard
Good old-fashioned fun - The Times
He can write like a British Tom Wolfe - Daily Express
A very adroit writer with a sharp eye and an even sharper ear for the debased dialogue of everyday contemporary life . . . a funny mordant book which describes the tawdriness of "respectable" life in the still prosperous south-east - Literary Review