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The Birthday

by Julie Highmore

The Birthday Synopsis

It's easy to make mistakes. The hard part is keeping them hidden. Emily spends a few precious hours with her lover, then picks up her children and returns to normal married life. Her brother Ben's career has crashed with the banks, and suddenly he has nowhere to go. But they must both put on a brave face for their mother's sixtieth birthday. Fran doesn't feel old. Mostly, she's worried about her increasingly depressed husband Duncan, and his slightly odd behaviour. Why did he think they'd been to Florence? Who is Alexa? And she doesn't really want a fuss over her birthday, but her daughter insists they must celebrate. Holding tight to their own secrets, the family gathers around Fran, but as one small revelation follows another, no one can foresee the huge repercussions of this birthday.

The Birthday Press Reviews

'A 60th birthday party has unexpected repercussions. Revealing' * Woman & Home * 'An intriguing novel' * Hot Stars magazine * 'Where Highmore excels is in the unsentimental way she writes about the dilemmas life throws at us. There's also a mordant, black humour to her writing, which keeps the froth at bay' * Glamour *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780755343041
Publication date: 9th December 2010
Author: Julie Highmore
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 416 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Julie Highmore

Julie Highmore lives in Oxford and has three grown-up children.

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