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Carol Clewlow was a journalist for twenty years in the UK and the Far East. She published her highly acclaimed first novel, KEEPING THE FAITH, in 1988. She lives on Tyneside.
This author’s second novel, A Woman’s Guide to Adultery, is one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve been waiting for her to write its equal and now, 16 years later, she ‘almost’ has. The opening extract doesn’t do it justice for you are initially introduced to her wacky friend and her alphabetical approach to the state of spinsterhood, but you’ve got to buy this for, as it progresses, you are swept up into a serious debate on singledom, on life and on happiness. Bound into it is a delightful tale of small town folk with big lives. It’s a truly lovely, unusual and thought-provoking book. A must. Also for a bit of fun why not try a special quiz set up by the publisher. Are you happy being single? Dying to be a Mrs? Click here to find out.Comparison: Fay Weldon, Jeanette Winterson, Michele Roberts.Similar this month: None but try Lissa Evans, Jodi Picoult.