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Comfort and Joy by India Knight
  

Comfort and Joy

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 25 November 2010.

A blackly funny, tender dissection of the meaning of love - family love, sibling love, children love - Comfort and Joy will make you laugh and cry.

If you like India Knight you might also like to read books by Adele Parks, Fern Britton and Fanny Blake.

Synopsis

Comfort and Joy by India Knight

It's December 23rd and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a blue-arsed fly trying to buy presents. She wants to make Christmas perfect: it's a lifelong ambition. And a challenging one at the best of times, even without taking her sixteen guests - sorry, 'loved ones' - and their varying degrees of social disfunction into account. Meanwhile, something weird has happened to her marriage, and the ho, ho, ho is thin on the ground. Why does Christmas have such an emotional hold over us? Why does family stuff hit the peak of its madness on December the 25th? And is it okay to want more than you have, when what you have seems so enviable from the outside?

Reviews

Fabulous. Laugh-out-loud funny, moving and as cuddly as Santa Claus, this is perfect for snuggling up with over the Christmas holidays Cosmopolitan I loved Comfort and Joy, a hilarious, bawdy yet touching portrait of Christmas over three years -- Jilly Cooper Guardian Books of the Year So kindly and funny and affectionate that you could probably warm your hands on it. Miraculously, this is a feel-good story that manages not to be saccharine. There are a great many good jokes here ... but concealed amid the fun, like silver coins in a Christmas pudding, is a serious theme. This is a book you could safely give to practically anyone. Snap up plenty of copies to hand around under the tree Spectator Touching...it will make you laugh, maybe make you cry and keep you reading past bedtime -- Lauren Laverne Grazia A wickedly funny, painfully honest look at families, festivities and romantic love Marie Claire Witty enough to make you laugh out loud, but there are moments of real emotion that keep the book from being too light Psychologies Tender, tough, schmaltzy, witty and heart-warming all at once. Knight has a great comic touch - there are some wonderfully rude bits and a fantastic rant about the ridiculous expectations piled on 21st-century women to be perfect - and writes with a deceptive lightness. At the heart of this funny, affectionate novel is an acknowledgement that families, like love, come in odd shapes and sizes, and that both matter more than anything Metro A superb ear for dialogue...wonderfully comic Evening Standard Riotously high in laughs and glamour. I defy a festive grump not to be cheered by it Independent Books of the Year Fast-paced and funny Women & Home


About the Author

India Knight

India Knight was born in 1965. She is the author of two novels for adults, My Life on a Plate and Don’t You Want Me?, a non-fiction collection of essays The Shops, and a book for children called The Baby. India also writes a column for the Sunday Times, alongside other newspapers and magazines. She lives in London E8 and is a mother of three.

Author photo © Francesco Guidicini

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Publication date

25th November 2010

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India Knight

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Publisher

Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781905490738

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