Bloomsbury £7.99 (257pp) £7.59 from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
The Misogynist, By Piers Paul Read
Friday 12 August 2011
Over 30 years on from his 1979 bestseller A Married Man, Piers Paul Read revisits the mid-life crisis. Geoffrey Jomier is a retired barrister living in Hammersmith.
He spends his days uploading his diaries so that every detail about his life will soon be contained on a "memory stick the size of his thumb."
Looking back he sees his ex-wife's affair as the moment when he might have become a misogynist, though deep down he's convinced he's a lover of women.
He's put to the test when introduced to Judith, a menopausal women whose tinted hair and crepe-like skin does not offend.
This is a highly readable tale of stultified West London types and Viagra-fuelled romance, though Jomier's most satisfying relationship remains with his new 32-inch flat-screen TV.
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