Nigel Williams, one of the UK's finest comic writers, returns with a poignant comic portrait of four marriages: a caustic satire of suburban intrigue, tainted love and late-flowering lust.
When Elizabeth Price engages private detective Roland 'Orlando' Gibbons to find out the truth about her husband's suspected affair, she unwittingly sets off a chain of correspondence that reunites four formerly close-knit couples. They all live just a few suburban streets away from each other; they are all still married; so how - and why - did they become so estranged? In a series of letters - from love notes to condolence messages (the latter one arriving some years late) - each protagonist is far more self-revealing than they would ever be in person. The result is an uproarious and poignant portrait of four marriages, and a story about how little we know those we think we know best.
Nigel Williams' new novel of suburban intrigue and late-flowering lust (and love) Unfaithfully Yours heralds the return of one of the country's finest comic writers, in peak condition: all hail Nigel Williams, chronicler of England's sleepy suburbs, where all is not quite as cricket as it seems . . .
'A wonderfully entertaining novel which cannot fail to delight.' - The Times
'...a novel of great seriousness that is also blistering fun.' - Daily Express
'...a suburban black comedy that only the master of the genre, Nigel Williams, could pull off with such outrageous wit. It's been ten years since his last novel, but well worth the wait.' - Daily Mail
'Witty and humane.' - Tatler
[Williams] is a consummate entertainer. As with all good comedy, this tale is underlain by a vein of sadness and regret, of belated self-knowledge and understanding. - The Herald
This is a cruel, clever, hilarious and stylish novel in which almost everyone is simultaneously villain and victim. - The Times
A wonderfully entertaining novel which cannot fail to delight - The Times
Unfaithfully Yours in a literary tour de force by Nigel Williams; take it on holiday and laugh yourself silly this summer. - Tribune
Nigel Williams is the author of twelve novels - including the best-selling Wimbledon Trilogy. His stage plays include Class Enemy, still being performed all over the world, and a dramatisation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies recently revived at the Regent's Park Theatre. He also wrote the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Elizabeth I, starring Helen Mirren, while his BBC Radio 4 comedy 'HR' , with Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Prevost, is now in its fourth series. He has lived in Putney for thirty years.