Much has been talked about this book but I get the feeling that its author has achieved just what she intended: a searing, unsensationalised account of one girl's childhood, warts, sex and all. I'm impressed that she chose not to go the glamorous, night-clubbing and loads-of-fun route: this is a book about what happens when a girl realises her parents are vulnerable and transfers her affections for her father onto a man, who initially attractive and charming, turns out to be a weasel. But then even he turns into a three-dimensional, credible character and that's more impressive than anything. This author is going to go right to the top if A CERTAIN Age is is merely the first flowering of her talents. And, despite the fact that I'm a good many years older than her, I found the novel reminded me of a lot that doesn'tr change across the generations. Yes, it is difficult and painful at times but then who said fiction should simply entertain?