Punchy, funny and from one writer to another, very well executed. I have been following her work religiously for some time, taking a great pleasure in her blog, "Letters of A Dissatisfied Woman", so I jumped at the opportunity to read this as soon as I heard about it. I hope this is the first of many books and I would definitely recommend to anyone who appreciates the english language (in all it's forms). If you're hovering and not able to make a decision as to whether you should buy this, perhaps you should just grow a pair and take a punt. She's fresh, she's hip and you'll be able to tell people that you discovered this gem before it hit the mainstream which i'm sure will happen sooner rather than later.
An playful, shocking and inventive portrayal of an imploding relationship, the two parties flirting with mutual destruction as skeletons emerge from the closet and emotions collide. An unpredictable roller-coaster of a book, A Knife and a Fork will make you re-examine your relationships, peer into the abyss and ponder the human condition anew. I hardly ever read a book more than once, but for Ingrid Stone's confident (and tantalisingly saucy) debut, I'll make an exception. Hugely recommended.
You know when you open a book and read the first page, and it's like... oooooh yes. I love it when that happens. This is a gorgeous story, rich, sensual, hilarious in an awful sort of way, and so utterly recognisable, not so much via the narrative context, but through the human one. I relished every lyrical word of it and didn't want it to finish. Come on Ingrid Stone, write me another story please!
I finished the book and immediately wanted to start again from the beginning, which doesn't happen very often. I enjoyed every moment of this intriguing novel and can't wait for more books from Ingrid.
What do you do when you can take no more of your ghastly dinner guests - a motley crew of your spouse's `friends' and ex-, or current, mistresses? You slip out and take refuge in an ancient cupboard in your basement, if you are our heroine, Alice Mocatta. With a marriage that's more crumbled than one of her puddings, Alice embraces the memories stirred up by the objects she finds.
Sharply observed, written in language that is quite lyrical, the reader is quickly absorbed into the life of the characters - with all the glamour, triumphs, frustrations and sordid aspects. It was hard to put down and a joy to re-read.
This is a deliciously written work, delivered with practised precision. Ms Stone carefully sets her table, but once etiquette is at least followed, then all hell lets loose. Characters are wickedly observed and exposed with humour and relish - and altho the dinner party is not an uncommon device in which to reveal the frailty and lies of our relationship, this particular view is both accessible and memorable. Of course there is pathos, pain and no matter how sharp our perceptions are, we all fall prey to hurt pride, yet here the author holds back on the indulgence, maintaining tight control. Balanced and well disciplined - an excellent read.
I was absolutely amazed to discover this is Miss Stone's first novel. She writes with such freedom and maturity that she's sure to go on to great success. This book held me all the way through and I was loving all the poetic moments and the graphic descriptions of the truly credible characters. A great read!