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A poor imitation of JR's Dallas set in Hampshire: an improbable farce focusing on the "wannabe" class playing country squire.
on 30 March 2012
If you liked Sandra Howard's "Ursula's Story" which I recall was about middle class life: children, dogs and dinner parties in London; then you might enjoy Coleridge's account of the "wannabes" in rural Hampshire, England.
Coleridge's excessive contempt (love???) for his principal character, Miles Straker, head of a multi-national PR firm is the crux of my problem with his book. Miles is an odious, borderline character who lacks any redeeming qualities. Coleridge plays out every conceivable 'class' difference between the highly successful "Lord of Chawbury Manor" (Miles) and his neighbour, the self made millionaire from Yorkshire, Ross Clegg. To inflict on the reader an incident at a posh dinner of the correct piece of cutlery to use was numbingly dumb.
The supporting cast of wives and children are a collection of two dimensional stereotypes seemingly created to provide the author with a platform to champion various topical causes.
I finished this book due to being stuck on a long haul flight without anything else to read. If Deadly Sins represents middle class life in rural South East England then it reinforces my resolution to remain firmly inside the M25!