- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552146986
- ISBN-13: 978-0552146982
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Inconceivable Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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Whenever Sam thinks about babies, he envisages rivers of vomit and sleepless nights. But wife Lucy can't walk past Mothercare without crying. What's more, she can't seem to conceive--not by traditional methods, anyway. Hippy confidante Drusilla suggests an array of New Age remedies, including the intimate use of nutmeg oil and al fresco lovemaking. As Lucy faces a possible verdict of infertility, her love for Sam enters tailspin, accelerated by the advent of arrogant actor Carl Phipps. Meanwhile Sam, desperate to escape his tedious BBC job, conceives the inconceivable--turning the intimacies of their battle for babies into an acclaimed movie script.
Inconceivable tells a poignant and heart-rending story with Elton's trademark wit, creating a novel that is entertaining and emotionally satisfying; as explosive as Popcorn and with the incendiary humour of Blast From the Past. It courageously tackles its central theme from both the male and the female points of view, and while delivering laughs on every page, it steers clear of laddish clichés. Lucy's tale, though pregnant with unfulfilled emotion, never stints on humour. "There seem," she fumes, "to be more urban myths attached to infertility than there are to ... film stars filling their bottoms with small animals."
Aside from the rich vein of gags about DIY conception (Sam has to leave a power lunch with the excuse: "Sorry, my wife is ovulating ..."), Elton also subjects the TV industry to relentless stand-up-style bombardment, giving birth to some brilliant asides which enrich the main story but never overpower it. Funny, tragic, true and ultimately heart warming, this book should be available on the National Health Service. --Matthew Baylis
"Moving and thoroughly entertaining" (Daily Express)
"A very funny book about a sensitive subject...Ben Elton the writer might be even funnier than Ben Elton the comic" (Daily Mail)
"A tender, beautifully balanced romantic comedy" (Spectator)
"Extremely funny, clever, well-written, sharp and unexpectedly moving...This brilliant, chaotic satire merits rereading several times" (Nicholas Coleridge Mail on Sunday)
"This is Elton at his best - mature, humane, and still a laugh a minute. At least" (Daily Telegraph)
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Top Customer Reviews
There's no mystery, no murders in this one. Its an unashamedly sentimental story of a relationship between a husband and wife who, for reasons they nor anybody else are able to understand, seem unable to have a baby.
Sam and Lucy Bell are both media types. Sam is a commissioning editor for the BBC, while Lucy works as an assistant to a theatrical agent. The interesting premise behind the book is that one of the many people they have consulted about their problem has told them to try to get in touch with their feelings about the situation more by writing in a book about their feelings every day, but not to show it to the other. So throughout the novel you have the two viewpoints of each event, one in normal type, the other in italic. It's a good narrative device, and Elton exploits it richly for its comic value, and also for genuine pathos.
It's a book about love, and especially about betrayal, which takes surprising forms in the narrative. I did worry, as the end approached, that Elton might cop out. I'm glad to say that he didn't, and it's a highly satisfying read. But be warned- although very funny ( in places I laughed out loud ) its also very serious, and moving. A box of tissues should be kept on standby when you read it.
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Oh my goodness this was painful. I must have gotten around halfway through before I just couldn't take anymore, skipped to the last chapter and surprise surprise, exactly what I... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Katie Lou
Loved this book. Found it very funny and also very accurate in demonstrating the pain, heart-ache and craziness that goes along with infertility and treatment.Published 12 months ago by SianT
It took me a bit of time to get into this book; although the idea of alternating diary entries from husband and wife is a neat way of presenting two perspectives, I found it rather... Read morePublished 14 months ago by tangerina
Really related to this book, well written and for anyone going through the same thing it hits deepPublished 18 months ago by dweeb
Very well written but awkward if you are in the throes of IVF or similar.Published 19 months ago by Hels