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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781473691841

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‘A talented, witty writer with a sharp eye for social observation’ Daily Mail

After Frank drops down dead in Heathrow Arrivals on Christmas Eve, his estranged daughter Jem is called in to identify the body. When Jem travels back to Frank’s house in France – a house she hasn’t been in since she was a child – she realises that Frank had a son too.

Frank has died of a congenital heart defect, a defect he may have passed on to his daughter – or on to his son. Jem must warn her brother, but in finding herself a family she risks ripping another apart.

Shrewd, witty and poignant, The Frank Business is a vivid tale of love and other battlefields.


I sank into the book, and looked forward to diving back into its world each time I was away from it . . . Olivia Glazebrook's writing has a lovely, fluid rhythm, and she writes with insight and candour about complex family dynamics, and the ways in which we love and hurt each other
Laura Barnett
She has the ability, like Anita Shreve or Maggie O'Farrell, to scrutinise and describe complex family dynamics with forensic precision
The Spectator
A talented, witty writer with a sharp eye for social observation
Daily Mail
An intriguing read about undisclosed family issues
The Frank Business starts with a death, works through shock revelations and ends with a satisfying resolution . . . This meditation on the meaning of family is fabulously written, moving and wry
Daily Mail
Olivia Glazebrook nails the complexity of family dynamics with sharp, witty writing
Good Housekeeping
Gleaming moments of dark humour and droll dialogue . . . an absorbing, psychologically agile novel
Irish Times
[A] finely written and very English novel . . . The plotting and interweaving of narrative lines are worthy of Jane Austen . . . Glazebrook writes with a literary style but is not above being very entertaining
Irish Examiner