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A perceptive novel from our favourite chronicler of the dilemmas of modern family life.

Catherine and Caroline, Toby and Mark were globetrotting siblings: British ‘diplo-brats’, whose childhood homes lay in Italy or Israel, France or Washington DC – wherever their father was posted at the time. But all that was years ago. Now Catherine is approaching middle-age, married to a life of cheeseparing selflessness looking after young offenders on a chilly organic farm; Mark is a prim supermarket executive, Caroline a wealthy Kensington wife, and Toby – well, Toby is a problem. The joker in the pack. He always was. Amid growing tensions, marriage-fatigue and unspoken resentments, the apparent tragedy of Toby’s disappearance jolts his sisters and brother into making angry, anxious journeys: from California to Flanders, back in time and into their own hearts.

Reviews

A feel-good novel ... hilarious ... humorous ... fabulously incisive
<i>Independent</i>
Purves' novel of ordinary lives is compelling, her perceptions are acute ... sophisticated and skilful
<i>Daily Telegraph</i>
Libby Purves' prose is clean, sharp and in touch with things that matter
<i>The Times</i>