Both Tony Parsons and Nick Hornby find themselves quoted as reviewers of this book, which I suppose is High Fidelity and Man and Boy via Four Weddings and a Funeral. It has a sharp humour – I really enjoyed the scene on the beach in Greece where Emma’s wit is at its best, and this book made me laugh out loud on a regular basis. I finished it in 24 hours, thanks to its precise narrative style, and the power of the unresolved sexual tension at its heart – you could say its premise.
Leavis criticised Hardy’s use of coincidence, and this only avoids a Mills and Boon conclusion by heaping in spoonfuls of miserable coincidence near the climax. It’s a pity that I finished over a week ago, before the Christmas holidays placed me in a computer free zone, and now I’ve forgotten lots of the details, and can’t remember what I was going to say – except for one thing – read and enjoy!