Genre: Fiction
Published: 18 February 1999
Publisher: Sceptre

The Dinner

by Anna Davis

The polished chitter-chatter of a sophisticated dinner party is disrupted by the unexpected appearance of the host’s bizarre sister-in-law. Clarrie has always been ‘a bit strange’ but tonight she is, frankly, unbalanced, and is suffering from obscure hallucinations.

Clarrie has a reason for descending uninvited on Alex and Tilda Stone, and is waiting for the right moment to reveal it. And Clarrie is not the only person at the table with a secret. All the guests have something to hide, and Clarrie’s unsettling behaviour over the pink trout and tropical fruit bavarois might just be enough to push a few secrets out into the open.

"Anna Davis's The Dinner is a brilliant first novel, wittily describing the dinner party from hell" - Amanda Craig, The Times
Anna Davis's debut is as sharp and sparkling as breaking glass, and very funny while the laughter lasts..." - Jill Paton Walsh
"Superb first novel" - Guardian
"A sophisticated debut novel . . the characters are mostly shallow and self-obsessed. But that's the point, as Davis takes a steak knife to frivolous '90s society, exposing its rotten insides"
- Mirror
"A stunning off-the-shoulder debut in suicide red" - Attitude Magazine
"Sharp, unsettling and very readable" - Company
"This debut novel is such a read - compelling, entertaining and totally absorbing" - Scunthorpe Evening News
"Fine and funny first novel" - Northern Echo, Darlington
"Simple and fluid words poignantly reveal society's shallowness and frivolity . . . Davis has carved out a smooth if bitter path. Easy to read, harder to digets" - Chloe Barker, The Times
"Biting . . . A stylish tale, told with sensitivity and relish. None of the guests reveal themselves quite as one would expect and easy clichés are avoided like the plague. It is a well-written, well-structured and satisfying read, which is crying out to be made into a film" - Guardian

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