Sphere £7.99 (356pp) £7.59 from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
The Empty Nesters, By Nina Bell
Friday 07 October 2011
Having written extensively about family life, popular novelist Nina Bell turns her attention to the empty-nest generation. Like Joanna Trollope, Bell has a knack for identifying issues that will concern her readers, offering fictional solace along the way.
The menopausal mothers at the heart of her latest novel are about to find out that life without children is no less demanding. Clover Jones and Laura Dangerfield have been close friends since the first school run.
Along with increasingly glamorous single mother, Alice, they've acted as one big clan, sharing holidays, sleepovers and disappointing exam results.
But with the final school assembly over, cracks in their marriages and friendships are cruelly exposed. Hen-lit is a far less cosy place than you might expect.
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This is what the one in ten British men who pay for sex need to know
- 2 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Angelina Jolie confuses everyone with 'ay up me duck' East Midland's greeting to Derby actor Jack O'Connell at awards show
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Coalition government has 'shifted money from poorest to better-off' through welfare cuts and tax reductions, study claims