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- Publisher: Black Swan
- Format: Paperback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 22mm | 262g
- Publication date: 1 June 2000
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0552146986
- ISBN 13: 9780552146982
- Sales rank: 75,316
Sam and Lucy seem like the perfect couple. Successful, happy and in love. But life isn't that simple. Lucy thinks thinks Sam is a sad, cold sensitivity-exclusion zone who would rather read a newspaper than have an emotion. Sam thinks Lucy is blaming him because she can't walk past Mothercare without getting all teary. The problem is that they might be infertile. And in more ways than one. Lucy wants a baby. Sam wants to write a hit movie. And given that the average IVF cycle has about a one in five chance of going into full production, Lucy's chances of getting what she wants are considerably better than Sam's. What Sam and Lucy are about to go through is absolutely inconceivable. The question is, can their love survive? Or are the odds stacked against them once again?
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Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time. He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty. He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You. He is married with three children.
"Moving and thoroughly entertaining" Daily Express "A very funny book about a sensitive subject...Ben Elton the writer might be even funnier than Ben Elton the comic" Daily Mail "A tender, beautifully balanced romantic comedy" Spectator "Extremely funny, clever, well-written, sharp and unexpectedly moving...This brilliant, chaotic satire merits rereading several times" -- Nicholas Coleridge Mail on Sunday "This is Elton at his best - mature, humane, and still a laugh a minute. At least" Daily Telegraph
While all Elton's ventures (stand-up comic, TV sitcom author) have enjoyed considerable success, his writing has had a hit-or-miss quality that alternates between witty and inventive writing and crass or unfunny work. It's good to report that this novel is Elton at his very best: tightly plotted, with a wealth of well-developed characters and (most importantly) splenetically funny. Starting with a joke in the very title, Elton introduces us to Sam and Lucy, who seem to be enjoying the good life, with Sam's BBC career in full expense-account flourish, while Lucy plans for their first baby. But are the couple infertile? Sam, while not objecting to the idea of fatherhood, has ambitions to write a hit movie. Although the series of undignified tests strain the couple's relationship, the life-affirming qualities of Elton's warmly involving narrative has us hoping for a happy resolution. Possibly Elton's most mature novel - and certainly one of his funniest. (Kirkus UK)