Barrett-Lee has once again produced a great read. This novel is essentially about Julia Potter, housewife, mother of two teenagers and photographer. She is feeling middle-aged and it does not help to find her husband, Richard, having sex with the local siren. Despite begging forgiveness, Richard is thrown out. This episode proves to be a reawakening for Julia. A new woman emerges, spiky hair and all, who is bent on finding a sexy man; this proves difficult. It seems Julia's morals are of a bygone era, or is it just that she chooses the wrong man?!
The novel is fast, satirical and at the same time touchingly perceptive. Barrett-Lee gives us characters that we can all empathise with, together with some hilarious prose: `Of course, drinking at lunchtime is the very best way to ensure that by seven p.m. you are anxious, nauseated, irritable and tired and that the front of your head will feel just like the bit in the roasting tin where the chicken has stuck. The bit you attack rigorously with a knife.'
Julia finds her photographic career taking off. Her children find their new trendy Mum rather extraordinary, and at times the relationships falter as they find a fresh balance for all their lives. However serious the subject matter, Barrett-Lee manages to keep humour at the top of her agenda. A book to read with a glass of fizz and not too many peanuts!
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