Friends, Lovers and Other Indiscretions

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9780099539391: Friends, Lovers and Other Indiscretions

It's early 2008 and the credit crunch is starting to bite. Sam and Laura Diamond - and their friends - are circling forty and all feeling a lot less certain about life than when they first met in their twenties. Laura wants to work part-time and have a third child - an appalling prospect for her husband Sam, whose secret ambition is to give up his job as a struggling scriptwriter and have a vasectomy. Life's no more straightforward for wild child turned corporate lawyer Janey Dart. Having finally given up on Patrick, the love of her life, she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and hastily married to a wealthy hedge fund manager who loathes her friends. And Sam's oldest friend, trendy restaurant owner Jonathan Sleet, is about to hit the big time with a TV series and cookbook, but can't control his roving eye. So it's no surprise that back on their organic farm in Suffolk, his once glamorous wife Hannah is finding distractions of her own. Determined to reunite the group, Jonathan brings everyone together for a holiday to celebrate his fortieth birthday. But six friends, two decades of tangled fortunes and an explosive secret from the past make for an unforgettable week.

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A richly comic and insightful novel about the underbelly of marriage and friendship from the critically acclaimed bestselling author of The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy.

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A richly comic, touching and unforgettable novel about the underbelly of friendship and marriage from the bestselling author of The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy.

It's early 2008 and the credit crunch is starting to bite. Sam and Laura Diamond - and their friends - are circling forty and feeling a lot less certain about life than when they first met twenty years ago. Laura has abandoned all hope of finding a work-life balance, Sam's nursing a secret ambition which could turn their lives upside down, and the weekend away Sam's been expecting as a birthday present from his wife turns out to be something much less congenial ...

Life's no more straightforward for wild child turned corporate lawyer Janey. Having finally given up on Patrick, the love of her life, she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and hastily married to a wealthy hedge fund manager who loathes her friends.

And Sam's oldest friend, trendy restaurant owner Jonathan Sleet, is about to hit the big time but can't control his roving eye. So it's no surprise that his once glamorous wife Hannah is finding distractions of her own.

Determined to reunite the group, Jonathan brings everyone together for a holiday to celebrate his fortieth birthday. But six friends and two decades of tangled fortunes - plus complicated secrets from the past - make for an explosive week ...

'Neill had a huge hit with The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, her hilarious take on modern motherhood. This is every bit as funny, and packed with observations of wince-making accuracy... Superb entertainment' The Times

'High-end chick lit at its best: so well-written, with such believable and engaging characters, it was an absolute joy to read.' Daily Mail

'Fiona Neill's comic novel is an investigation into modern marriage...Neill's characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before' Vogue

'Spiky wit and intelligence [in a] tale of six disaffected late thirtysomething friends...Neill's reflections on parenthood with induce wry winces of recognition, although even the footloose and fancy-free will savour this hilarious romp through the complications of relationships and friendships' Easy Living

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