When the last of her three children leaves home, fifty-one-year-old Alice Hatton is forced to face the uncomfortable truth that she retains little affection for her golf-playing, lawyer husband, Peter. Lacking confidence, having known no occupation other than motherhood, she succumbs to obvious attempts at consolation – a new hairstyle, a lover – before stumbling upon a far more ingenious and sinister mode of self-fulfilment.
A bright, neat first novel…engagingly ebullient.
A strong sense of humour, a natural narrative gift and controlled, understated characterization signify a promising debut.
Penetrating insights into the ordinary female condition.
A confident narrative voice.
A Chekovian understanding of human beings and their failings.