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Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to see yourselves clearly . . . Henry is a young, hip, radio DJ; Philip is an ex-MP ruined by scandal and disowned by his party; Diana, his long-suffering wife; Marianne’s replaced her husband with chocolate eclairs and gin; and Lizzie is battling with illness. When Eva, a naí¿ve and happy Polish backpacker comes into their lives, the values of their comfortable world clash with those of Eastern Europe. And the five English characters find comedy, tragedy and romance unfolding with bewildering speed.


Her novels are . . . good-natured, perceptive accounts of family dilemmas.
Praise for MOTHER COUNTRY: 'Purves's great skill is her ability to marry her cultural and historical insights with her characters' personal development - all wrapped up in a well-paced detective story. . . . Engrossing.'
<i>The Times</i>
For three-quarters of its course, the novel is pure late Shakespeare . . . A comedy of manners . . . drawn with skill and humour.
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
Beautifully written story, rich in evocative language and emotion.
<i>Good Book Guide</i>
Clever, humane, elegant and wise
<i>The Times</i>