- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241955041
- ISBN-13: 978-0241955048
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mutton Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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Every so often you will hit a line so funny and true it will make you gasp out loud . . . sharp and bracing as a Claridges martini (Jenny Colgan Daily Telegraph)
Had me choking with laughter . . . Knight has pulled off a clever trick here. With humour and wit, she's addressed the serious subject of how to swallow the bitter pill of ageing not necessarily gracefully (Evening Standard)
The glorious fourth novel from Sunday Times columnist India Knight . . . An honest, funny book about the complexities of middle age and a reminder that life is for living, with passion and gusto, whatever your age (Hello!)
A very funny exploration of ageing written with the author's trademark wit (Sunday Mirror)
The funniest novel about the female midlife crisis (The Times)
Breathless, colourful, hilarious and honest (Daily Mail)
About the Author
India Knight is the author of three previous novels: My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me and Comfort and Joy. Her non-fiction books include The Shops, the bestselling diet book Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet, the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook and The Thrift Book. India is a columnist for the Sunday Times and lives in London with her three children.
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Thanks to the media and films, older women already punish themselves enough for being middle aged, and feel unattractive if men are not falling at their feet. Middle aged men, on the other hand, are encouraged to hunt for women in their twenties and still think they're drop dead gorgeous. Instead of leading the way for a radical revolution, to empower women's thinking, or to contribute anything original to the subject, Knight lays into herself and other middle aged women, in a mocking, cruel manner, which serves only to further humiliate women and damage the feminist cause.
Sad, because I expected more.
Not for me.
I wasn't familiar with Knight's books before I picked Mutton up but I've always enjoyed books with a similar subject matter. I read Sue Townsend's The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman when I was in my late teens (again, I was hardly the right target audience and yet...) and it's been one of my favourite novels ever since. It had me crying with laughter, which was definitely not the case here.
I suppose the biggest problem here is that almost every aspect of the book is just... `meh', and there's nothing that would make up for the lack of wit or accuracy. Clara - the main character and narrator - isn't particularly amusing or interesting. Gaby is downright irritating, to the point where you just want to grab her by the shoulders and shake her. Right until the end - when a famous writer is thrown into the crazy world of the two women and the book gets mildly entertaining for about twenty pages - there isn't much of a storyline either (apart from Clara's dilemma about having Botox).
I really wanted to enjoy this one but it didn't work for me at all. It's dull, unrealistic and sadly - harsh as it may sound - one of the most forgettable books I've read this year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love everything by India Knight. This is a great funny read.Published 1 month ago by Mrs J Aldridge
Very happy with product. Highly recommend. Speedy efficient servicePublished 7 months ago by Rosemary Duncan
Not a nice book or a good read. A snobby, self righteous woman who swears and tries to be hip in front of her children. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bookworm
India writes well but I am not sure I would have read it except it was for my book group.Published 11 months ago by Anne
I'll probably get criticised for posting this but I think, at 35yo, I am too young for this book. I can't comment on the quality of the book for its intended audience. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JF