The Wonder Girls, By Sarah May

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The reader suspects all is not well in Middle England when Sylvia Henderson , an over-Botoxed,Valium-popping 'gym bunny' of a Suburban housewife turns to her husband after finding out their 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, and points to the trees outside: "They're watching us," she says, spookily.

More Suburban angst ensues, with four prospective gymslip mums and a local hack lurking behind bushes in hope for a headline. This tale of living and loving is a refreshing antidote to the plague of smug 'yummy mummy' stories.