'Beautifully observed and astute on tangled relationships. It deserves to be her breakthrough novel' Bookseller.
Opening at the Hay Festival and ending with the prospect of a spring wedding, Sue Gee's new novel is a lively story of tangled relationships and the sustaining powers of good books, loyal friends and conversation.
Friends since university, with busy working lives behind them, Dido and Georgia have long been looking forward to carefree days of books and conversation, when each finds herself caught up in unexpected domestic drama. Dido, for the first time, has cause to question her marriage; widowed Georgia feels certain her husband will return to her. Meanwhile, an eccentric country cousin goes wildly off the rails, children are unhappy in love and perfect health is all at once in question.
This novel will bring a writer who 'transforms the stuff of ordinary life into art' (Philippa Gregory, The Sunday Times) to her widest audience yet.
as seductively readable as its title suggests...draws the reader in with its skilful portrayal of real-life situations - The Times
Sue Gee is the author of nine previous novels, including The Mysteries of Glass, long-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction, and Reading in Bed (2008), which also received wide acclaim; and a short story collection, Last Fling (2011). She is a mentor on the Write to Life programme at Freedom from Torture, and teaches at the Faber Academy.She lives in London and Herefordshire.