Mutton Hardcover – 29 Nov 2012
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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 Telegraph)
The funniest novel about the female midlife crisis (The Times)
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)
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.
It was an amusing read as always, and as sharply observed as ever, but I was left feeling that our heroine, Clindia (lets call her that, shall we, as Clara and India are clearly the same person), seems to have missed the point of what she could learn from this story.
Clindia dear, if you're still wondering by the final chapters which audience you're trying to make fancy you at forty-something, here's a thought: learn to fancy yourself. Look in the mirror and do what you need to do to find yourself hot. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, whether the builders fancy the same thing, whether it takes a tea dress or a mini skirt, botox or a balconette bra - just learn to find yourself genuinely sexy. Look to your internal hottie compass, not an outside one. Then the rest of the world will find you fanciable and shaggable, if you're bothered about that - but more importantly you will feel deeply and juicily good about yourself. Which is the point.
Also, I was amazed at Clindia's outright hatred of women who sleep with men younger than themselves. "I wold literally rather die than be some sad sack who thinks it's an achievement to sleep with people young enough to be your children". Really? Seriously? Literally die? Relationship desperation of any kind is unappealing regardless of the relative age of the people involved, but this degree of venom points to some kind of personal issue surely. It was a nasty snipe (that comes up several times) in this good story.
Incidentally I'm one of the (growing) number of women who is ridiculously happily married to a much younger man - we make up a larger portion of your reading demographic than you seem to realise. And I'd never had guessed you'd been addicted to Game of Thrones ;-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the first three quarters of this book. The dry humour was right up my street and the characters were pretty relateable. Sadly, it lost me toward the ending. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zoe
Love everything by India Knight. This is a great funny read.Published 7 months ago by Mrs J Aldridge
Very happy with product. Highly recommend. Speedy efficient servicePublished 14 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 15 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 18 months ago by Anne