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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781473232372

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For several months Marnie, a middle-aged poet and mother, has experienced sightings of her long-dead identical twin sister, Perdita, across London. As a consequence, and due to her crippling writer’s block, she has sought the help of octogenarian Harley Street shrink, Schlap, to work through her problems. Not least her repeated dreams of being a man.

Schlap has problems of his own though, having recently suffered a silent stroke which has affected his memory. Or is he more aware of reality than Marnie herself?

Marnie’s long-suffering partner and their three teenage kids are not helping matters, either. Neither is Marnie’s bohemian Alpha-course attending mum, her diabetic chef dad, nor the inquisitive family dog. Perhaps Marnie’s encounter and blossoming friendship with a woman who she thinks is the living embodiment of long-dead author Katherine Mansfield will provide the key to unlock her mind.Will Marnie’s writing be liberated from its prison? Is she losing her mind? Will the price she has to pay be bigger than the sum of its parts? And does the previous sentence even make sense? All will be revealed…


A really entertaining, funny, heartfelt read. I loved every bonkers minute Sophie Ward

It is magical, nostalgic, current, imaginative, tragic and very funny. I devoured it in two sittings. I saw nothing coming and was surprised and thrilled by the outcomeMaureen Lipman

It made me cry and laugh. The relationships and dialogue are brilliant. Hilarious – a wild and moving menopausal Alice in Wonderland – Indira Varma

The first book about psychoanalysis to be laugh-out-loud funny; a charming, hilarious tangle of art, grief, memory and the mundane details of everyday life. Wise’s Marnie will win your heart – whether or not she wants it is another matter entirelyEmma Szewczak, author of THE OFFSET

An exploration of grief and what it means to loose ones grip on reality wrapped around a hilarious portrait of a vivid and dysfunctional family. I ripped through this unusual, interesting and delightfully off-kilter novel Kate Sawyer, author of THE STRANDING

I love Susannah’s writing. Her understanding of human behaviour in all its complexities, humour, and tragedy is second to none. Loved itTracey-Ann Oberman

Hilarious, moving, original, and relevant. I hoovered it up. Wise has triumphed with this glorious second novel – Katherine Parkinson

Reviews

An exploration of grief and what it means to loose ones grip on reality wrapped around a hilarious portrait of a vivid and dysfunctional family. I ripped through this unusual, interesting and delightfully off-kilter novel!
Kate Sawyer, author of THE STRANDING
It made my cry and laugh. The relationships and dialogue are brilliant. Hilarious - a wild and moving menopausal Alice in Wonderland
Indira Varma
Ok Then That's Great is fantastic. From the first page I knew it was "it". The themes!!!! Literally everything I'm interested in contained therein - art, grief, memory, psychoanalysis, the ridiculous details of real life. An actually FUNNY thinking woman, hallelujah!!! I loved Marnie. I loved her innerlife and its relationship to her outerlife. I loved the questions she's dealing with and how she's dealing with them. In an odd way, the book made me think of Charlotte Mendleson here and AS Byatt there, but I'm not sure who I'd compare your precise blend of tragicomedy to because honestly I haven't quite read anyone like Marnie before. I also felt that you handled provocative subjects incredibly well - with the right blend of sensitivity and humanity. The first book about psychoanalysis to be laugh-out-loud funny; a charming, hilarious tangle of art, grief, memory and the mundane details of everyday life. Wise's Marnie will win your heart - whether or not she wants it is another matter entirely.
Emma Szewczak, author of THE OFFSET
I love Susannah's writing. Her understanding of human behaviour in all its complexities, humour, and tragedy is second to none. Loved it.
Tracey-Ann Oberman