Shagpile Paperback – 7 Nov 2002
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'A poignant lovestory against the backdrop of swinging Solihul, it's hysterical and heartfelt - great stuff' - She
'As entertaining as a Mike Leigh film' - Scotsman
'A master of biting contemporary satire' - Mirror
'Funny, satirical read takes us through the seamy world of swinging in 70s Solihul...good holiday material' - Hello
'Sharp, acutely funny and wickedly well-observed' - Big Issue
'Tank-top-tastic' - Heat
'A world of dinner parties, affairs, gossip and diet pills...a great 70s love story' - OK!
'Homage to the mores of a lifestyle dominated by flares, slimming pills and extramarital affairs...cringingly funny...a tale of true love and heartbreak' - Elle
'Utterly gripping and very very funny. Pure genius' Daisy Waugh
It's the long hot summer of 1976 and unsophisticated Madeleine Johnsson is content playing wife, mother, tennis and discussing the latest slimming pill and push-up bra. Until handsome Max Wright comes to town and opens an antique shop.Falling heavily for the latest flirtation on the dinner party circuit, Madeleine allows herself to think beyond soirees at Angela's, barbeques at Liz's, and political fundraising events at Val's. In a society where group fumblings and philanderings are accepted and sex is traded like green shield stamps, there is a strict code - not to fall in love. But Madeleine is intoxicated, she can no longer help herself and everyone's world is disrupted as her whole life is turned upside down!See all Product description
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The characters are all well realised with many that are not too over the top, but enhance the story. Loveless marriages, boorish husbands, adultery, deceitful spouses and above all hypocrisy make for a heady bitter sweet mixture of comedy and pathos.
Anyone from the West Midlands will recognise the areas described in accurate detail. The story could have been set almost anywhere in the country but the well to do areas in and around Solihull epitomised the excesses of that period.
Not a woman's book but a book about men and women for any grown up to enjoy.