Some things just can't be undone. For Scott and Gail, Scott's five-minute indiscretion was the end of their 15-year marriage. Told from the individual perspectives of each member of the family, every chapter is a new voice and the family takes it in turns to tell us its story.
Scott is the husband and father, who feels rather a failure at both, and wonders how he will survive with the binliner of belongings his wife tossed out onto the front lawn; Gail, the wife and mother, is sick of being the responsible parent, and questions whether Scott's affair was just the excuse she was looking for to get out of her marriage; Nat, or Natty, is the 13-year-old son who resents his father for leaving, but likes to distract himself by winding up his little sister; and Rosie is a precocious nine-year-old, who loves her Daddy, the colour mauve, lollies and glittery nail polish.
Lessons for a Sunday Father is a clever, funny and poignant treatment of a sore subject--the break up of the family. It follows on from the success Calman achieved with Love is a Four Letter Word, for which she was short-listed for the "Finest First Novel Featuring Biscuits on the Cover" award. Calman is a writer whose awards even reflect her cynical and quirky sense of humour! --Neena Dutta
Funny, traumatic and with the searing sting of truth, this is a moving novel about the realignment of a family -- Marie Claire
Mature, sensitive and tear-teasing -- The Mirror
written with sympathy and humour -- The Times