Don't You Want Me? Paperback – 3 Nov 2011
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India Knight busted the happy-ever-after cliché in her divorce novel, My Life on a Plate. This time its sex and the single mum thats on Ms Knight's knowing agenda. Forget gritty realism though, in Dont You Want Me the only element of kitchen sink drama in this frothy tale is whether therell be enough roasted leg of lamb and rosemary to go round. And its an important question to Estella de la Croix, shes a woman of appetites. Leading lady Stella has two ex-husbands, a very large house, gorgeous clothes and a sweetly blonde toddler called Honey. She even has an artist lodger, who is lovely, but too ginger to be fanciable.
Everything is superficially perfect, except for one thing, the lack of sex. "I have no-one to sin with" wails Stella, and decides to do something about it. There follows a gruesomely confessional account of over-age drinking and drugs. And one-night-stands with a perma-tanned plastic surgeon--(sleeping with him is like "contorting an Action Man into unlikely positions") or an equally unappealing DJ, a thirtysomething man who thinks hes 17. And although Stella can be very witty on the dating game and middle-class laissez-faire parenting, less amusing is her scatological humour, or bad taste jokes about the handicapped. By the end of the novel Stella has decided that casual sex is not for her, a relationship is what she really, really wants. And her lucky partner? Well lets just say that ginger Frank isnt a red herring.--Eithne Farry --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Miles funnier and ruder than anything else of its kind (Evening Standard)
Delicious cleverness and funniness . . . slips down as easily as strawberry soufflé (Sunday Telegraph)
Fabulously funny . . . ace (Heat)
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Top Customer Reviews
True its obvious whats going to happen, but arent all these books? Seriously funny though,this is not my genre at all so I was very suprised when I couldnt put it down.
Therefore I was really looking forward to reading her new novel. Unfortunately I found it disappointing in comparison to her first. Some of it is very funny indeed, especially the main character Estelle's observations on the politically correct London playgroup, and her hilarious sexual encounter with a fake tanned plastic surgeon.
However I couldn't help finding the character somewhat irritating and selfish, and she was much less believable than the main character in My Life on a Plate. Having been a single parent myself for many years, I found the fact that Estelle didn't have to work, lived in a huge house and conveniently had a child minder available whenever she had a hangover made me grit my teeth a bit, not exactly believable!
I also thought the ending was fairly predictable from early on in the book.
So overall I give this four stars, I did enjoy it and parts of it did make me laugh, but if you've never read any of her books before, the first one is a better buy.
Personally I think its a fantastic book and a riot from start to finish. I actually prefer it to 'My life on a plate' although that is still in my top ten of favourite books.
This is the book I pick up when I am feeling low and need cheering up or I am worried about something and need to escape. It never fails to have me laughing out loud straight away.
As a not very well off, single mother of two, I can understand why some would find it too convenient for Stella to have a house and money and babysitter on hand, this wasnt a problem for me. It is after all an uplifting story, if I had read about how broke Stella was and how she cried into her pillow on a night from loneliness, it wouldnt be the escapism or funny kind of book I was hoping for.
And although like a lot of readers I guessed the ending, it didnt detract anything from this absolute gem of a novel.
Stella is a real scream. From her blatent honesty, to her fabulous dress sense, to her incredibly bad taste in men, she is the kind of person I would love to be best friends with.
India Knight captures perfectly, things most of us think but would never dare say.
Well worth reading and well worth keeping a copy on hand for those 'feeling low' emergencies'
Less sad, more robust than her first novel, this one made me howl with laughter. There are still flaws - the Ali G character Stella tries to hook up with isn't funny, because Ali G has done it already, and the marsupial next door neighbour is too obvious, but the PC nursery scenes and the terrible dinner party are matchless. What I really love is the voice - honest without ever being holier-than-thou, witty without being spiteful, and bang-on (so to speak) about everything to do with sex. She pulverises the wretched whining chick lit crowd, for sure.
Stella's unorthodox search for someone to scratch her increasing libidinous itch (which in itself include a strange but open account of recreational drug use and the consumption of vast quantities of alcohol) leads to an ill-advised forray between the black satin sheets of an elderly plastic surgeon, so permatanned is he, that he may very well have been Tangoed (not only but also, he is the perpetrator of some seriously buttock-clenching chat up lines that will make you roll about with glee) and later to a liaison with a "World's-Oldest-Teenager" DJ, closer to forty than she is, but more firmly in denial.
The meanderings of the plot are a distraction from the basic humour - surely it should be the other way around? Nevertheless, I bought this book because I loved My Life On A Plate (which had basically no plot at all, but was hurtingly funny and made me cry with laughter, once more on a packed commuter train) and I hoped that Don't You Want Me would be as funny. I was not disappointed.
Stella's rant through gritted teeth as she listens through the walls, once more, to her Lothario lodger (Frank, the ginger-haired artist) getting it on with what surely must be a howler monkey, had me bent double with mirth.
I enjoyed the "story", more so the characters (Stella's father is Great, with a capital "G") and even more so the humour.Read more ›
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