'Imagine, if you can, a cross between Phillip Roth and Melissa Bank' Maggie O'Farrell, Independent on Sunday
Isabel is a glamorous blonde with a sensational past; Harriet is a bookish single would-be writer who never takes risks - except once. That risk is to answer an advert; Isabel wants to tell her story and only a ghostwriter, constantly on-hand in her luxurious Cape Cod hideaway, will be able to do it for her. The job goes to Harriet, who quickly discovers that living with Isabel is a lesson - in sex-appeal, in secrets and in seizing the moment - she's needed all her life.
'Just occasionally you come across a writer whose sentences are so perfect, you want to swill them around in your mouth as you read, just to savor their deliciousness. Elinor Lipman is just such a writer. When you read a book you love, you both want to gallop through it and yet never finish it... Lipman has been described as a latterday Jane Austen - I'd go along with that' Nigella Lawson
Elinor Lipman's sharp, funny, life-enhancing fiction is loved by readers everywhere, and by writers as varied as Anita Shreve, Maggie O'Farrell and Carol Shields. Four of her novels are currently in development as feature films, including Then She Found Me, which will star Helen Hunt, Bette Midler and Colin Firth. She divides her time between Massachusetts and New York City.