'Camberwell Beauty' is wry, razor sharp and very ('laugh out loud') funny - Eclair writes really well and (for me) the frequent jokes were spot on every time, something which I've found to be quite a rare thing when it comes to novels by stand-ups. The views presented (about fat children, marriage or whatever else) are those of the characters, not necessarily those of the author - the cast of the book are unlikable, they are sour, selfish and shallow, but people often are and it makes for refreshing reading. She is not afraid to lay bare people's prejudices, obsessions and hypocrisy and has no respect for 'taboo' subjects or avoiding the nasty side of life - hurrah! Eclair uses her wit (perhaps in an almost Ortonesque way)to expose and ridicule the characters, and also -to an extent- possibly the reader, who may be horrified to find themselves identifying with some of the less-awful characteristics portrayed. The plot only gets going in the last part of the book, but as an example of first class comic writing, this outrageously unapologetic and grusomely perceptive book sticks it in the goal.