Mrs Zhivago of Queen's Park

by Olivia Lichtenstein

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A mid-life crisis tale of great charm.  Chloe has been married to Greg for 17 years and although she still loves him, she aches for some bedroom activity.  Temptation  enters in the guise of Ivan, a passionate Russian, and romance ensues …  Full of shrewd observations about how women feel when a marriage has lost its way and gone a little stale, it should be read by men as well, just to learn a thing or two!  It won the Good Housekeeping Award  for Most Entertaining Read.

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Mrs Zhivago of Queen's Park Synopsis

Chloe has been married for what feels like all eternity to Greg who tests his memory in infuriating ways, for example hiding the kettle from himself in the drum of the washing machine. Chloe is a successful psychotherapist with two children and a Famous Friend from hell. She's got it all. So why does she want to rub her life out and start all over again? Is it just because she hasn't had sex for 245 days?

When Chloe meets temptation in the shape of Ivan, does she dare risk a passionate Russian romance before gravity wins the battle with her face and figure? Can she get away with one glorious, final fling...?

Mrs Zhivago of Queen's Park Press Reviews

'[Lichtenstein] skilfully weaves the various strands of the story together with some touching observations about the beauty and preciousness of non-romantic relationships.'
'A comic novel about how to survive being 40, married and a little bit bored.'
'Mrs Zhivago is like a script for the perfect comedy drama. And, reading between the jokes and comic situations, there's a real message about what keeps a marriage alive.'
'Both poignant and and darkly amusing, we heartily recommend.'
'Olivia Lichtenstein's first novel is full to bursting with good things ... [her] writing is succinct, witty and often funny enough to make you hoot unbecomingly on public transport. ... accomplished, enjoyable and surprisingly moral fable.'

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ISBN: 9780752882475
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780752876290
Publication date: 24/01/2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752882475
Publication date: 6th March 2008
Author: Olivia Lichtenstein
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Olivia Lichtenstein

The former Editor of BBC Television's flagship documentary 'Inside Story', Olivia Lichtenstein has worked as an executive producer on a long list of programmes that span subjects as diverse as Russian humour to the Oklahoma bomber. She currently works as a freelance producer, director and journalist. She is in her early forties and lives in West London.

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