The Rise and Fall of a Domestic Diva

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The queen of the black-hearted soap opera is back!

Welcome to the upwardly mobile Prendergast Road…

On Prendergast Road, deep in Nappy Valley, among olive trees in terracotta, lower fuel emissions, Lithuanian prostitutes, teenage drug dealers, stalkers and soaring house prices, five desperate women wait…

The progeny of the IVF generation is ready to start school and only one of them is destined to get a place in Nappy Valley's most oversubscribed cradle of learning. How far will these women go to get that place?

Follow Kate Hunter into the depths of her impeccably honed life, as she struggles to maintain the façade of perfection. When exactly did life become a life class? Is happiness overrated? Is it just possible that beneath the flawless sheen of her friends' and neighbours' amazingly trouble-free lives, beneath the freshly-ironed shirts and home-grown veg, lie the same half-truths, the same uncertainties and the same desperation to keep up with the Joneses…?

Sarah May is an intimate observer of society (AKA curtain-twitcher of the highest order) and her novel is an hilariously dark-hearted soap opera of our everyday lives. In a society that always strives to be more organic, less carbon-polluting, more virtuous than any other, 'The Rise and Fall of the Domestic Diva' is a breath of fresh air (imported from the mountains of Nepal and filtered organically for purity, of course. A snip at only £6.99.).

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From the Author:

Sarah May's Life in Books

1. What was the first book you remember reading?

My dad's copy of THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis, which I still have. For some reason winter landscapes strike a particular resonance for me, and the image of Lucy stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia and finding the lamppost in the woods is one I will always carry with me. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe marked the beginning of my long relationship with books, and I soon became an addictive reader. I think that the true power of reading, as a child, comes from the fact that while millions of people the world over may have read the same book as you, the story you imagine turns into one that's unique to you because there are as many ways of reading a book as there are people to read it.

2. What was your favourite book as a child?

I read so much - I was virtually blind by the age of eleven because of the amount of nocturnal reading that took place beneath the duvet with a torch in one hand and a book in the other. Myth and magic were obsessions of mine; I couldn't get enough of the King Arthur legends, and read anything by Alan Garner as well as being an avid Susan Cooper fan. I was gripped by the whole Under Sea Over Stone series, in particular the second book in the series, THE DARK IS RISING. I loved the landscape of the book - the snow, and the overwhelming sense of threat and impending catastrophe despite the fact that it's set at Christmas time when, as a child, you're meant to feel your most secure. I loved the darkness of the Susan Cooper books.

3. Which book has made a difference to your life?

So many books have made a difference to my life that it's difficult to name one above the others. I read ANNA KARENINA once every two years and am struck each time by the overwhelming sense of struggle in the book, which is essentially a woman's attempt to write her history before it's written for her, compounded by the fact that Tolstoy, while writing, was clearly falling in love with his creation.

4. What's your guilty reading pleasure or favourite trashy read?

SHOGUN by James Clavell - and that was after the TV adaptation with Richard Chamberlain. I went through a period of reading a lot of trash in my late teens (even, I'm ashamed to say, Jeffrey Archer) because it was the trashy reads that had the best sex scenes.

5. Which book makes you laugh the most?

THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Tom Wolfe. I love the brutal energy of his prose and the way his characters are forever trying to find a foothold on the eternally revolving dung heap of society. Nobody's made to fit their skins, and those who least deserve to win are always those who end up winning.

6. Which book makes you cry the most?

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger. There are love stories and then there are love stories. The sense of loss in the scene towards the end where Henry visits her one last time when she's an elderly woman is unbearable, and had me in tears.

7. If you were in a book club, which is the next book you would introduce?

THE RISE AND FALL OF A DOMESTIC DIVA by Sarah May. Of course.

About the Author:

Sarah May is an intimate observer of society (AKA curtain-twitcher of the highest order). She is the author of four previous novels: The Rise and Fall of the Queen of Suburbia, The Nudist Colony, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; Spanish City and The Internationals. She lives in London with her theatre director husband and their two children.

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