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. Written by a Sunday Times columnist, it's a portrait of family Christmases over three years. It’s very astute, a sort of extension of her column, a vehicle to air her views on marriage, child rearing, love, manners and relationships.
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?
|Publication date:||10th November 2011|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|
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 GuidiciniMore About India Knight