Penguin £6.99 (464pp) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
Separate Beds, By Elizabeth Buchan
Friday 22 October 2010
The plight of the middle-aged, middle-class woman has long rested at the heart of Elizabeth Buchan's bestselling fiction.
Her latest mid-lifer, 49-year-old NHS manager, Annie Nicholson, is battling with more than just hot flushes and flax-seed supplements.
She and her BBC executive husband Tom haven't shared a bed for five years, and they've recently lost contact with their eldest daughter, Mia, after a family row.
Annie's marriage is further tested when Tom loses his job and his elderly mother moves in, forcing his impromptu return to the matrimonial bed.
A novelist who addresses contemporary family issues with a winning combination of asperity and warmth, Buchan genteelly airs the issues that push once dewy-eyed partners apart.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 3 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 4 John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time
- 5 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Cilla, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith embodies the young singer perfectly
Tyler, The Creator says having new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes'
Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly