Crocodile Soup
Genre : Fiction
Published : 1 Apr 1999 - Anchor Books
Gert Hardcastle is thirty-something and unlucky in love. She is also estranged from her mother, Jean. As CROCODILE SOUP opens, she thinks she has found “The One” – the enigmatic Eva, who serves coffee in the cafeteria in the museum where Gert works as a curator. As Gert embarks on her hilarious and poignant pursuit of Eva, she looks back on her eccentric childhood and her relationship with Jean through a series of vivid and surreal flashbacks.

In a lyrical narrative studded with relentless humour, CROCODILE SOUP introduces an irresistible cast of characters whose shared story is unforgettable.


Darling writes with economy, assurance and an eye for the quirky detail... we're soon in thrall to this rich, imaginative world.

The Observer

Darling has considerable powers of invention, an interesting and original voice, and a vivid, delicate feeling for language

The Times

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