From the highly-acclaimed author of SMALL PLEASURES – longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021
(First published in 2002. Reissued by Cornerstone in 2021.)
On the brink of forty, newly single with a failed business, Philip thought he’d reached an all-time low.
It only needed a discarded chip on a South London street to lay him literally flat. So, bedbound and bored, Philip naturally starts to write the story of his life.
But between the mundane catalogue of seaside holidays and bodged DIY, broken relationships and unspoken truths, more surprises are revealed, both comic and touching, than Philip or his family ever bargained for. Even, perhaps, a happy ending…
"A funny and moving story with a great deal of style" - Sunday Telegraph
"A funny book which slips in some acute and painful observations on the side"
- The Times
"A great read" - Time Out