Book - Parlour Games
Faber and Faber
Celia, housewife, mother and wonderful cook, is celebrating her fortieth birthday in Bedford Park, London, where the major worries are dailies, private schooling and the misplaced zeal of Neighbourhood Watch vigilantes.
The comfy armpit of the English bourgeoisie never felt snugger. But the cosy house of cards flops rapidly, as friends and a sister turn edgy and fickle, a long-time admirer turns into a crude jester, and Celia spies her husband embracing a ghastly woman in a Come Dancing frock.