Fly in the Ointment

by Anne Fine

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LoveReading View on Fly in the Ointment

A perfect gem, a short, sharp tragedy with an unexpected twist. This acclaimed children’s author never disappoints and her adult fiction has an edge that is truly satisfying. I love her.


Comparison: Maggie O’Farrell, Kim Edwards, Sara Banerji.

Sarah Broadhurst

Fly in the Ointment Synopsis

When, like her cold and indifferent husband, Lois's old life vanishes into thin air, she can't help snatching at the opportunity to come alive.

There's only one fly in the ointment: Janie Gay, the feckless and spiteful mother of her wayward son's child. But as Lois takes her second – and redeeming – chance at love, she finds herself on a collision course with a society that claims to support and protect. She lays her plans, and suddenly it seems that all those years of nurturing her own deep-frozen heart may not have been so wasted after all …

In this, her seventh novel, Anne Fine offers a deeply chilling portrayal of what can happen when the remorseless convictions of society clash with the impulse of a determined mother.

Fly in the Ointment Press Reviews

'Fine is a storyteller of brilliance, and this short tragedy is utterly compelling.' The Times

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ISBN: 9780552774673
Publication date: 12/02/2009
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552774673
Publication date: 12th February 2009
Author: Anne Fine
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Anne Fine

Fly in the Ointment is Anne Fine's seventh novel. Her first was the critically acclaimed The Killjoy, which was runner up for the David Higham Prize for Fiction. Taking the Devil's Advice and Telling Liddy have both been adapted for radio. The Observer referred to her novel In Cold Domain as ‘a glorious tirade against the grind of motherhood’ and the Evening Standard described All Bones and Lies as ‘splendid, clever, cruel and funny ’. Anne Fine’s work has been translated into over thirty languages. She has two grown up daughters and lives in County ...

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