Mutton

Mutton

By (author) India Knight

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The fourth novel from India Knight is a hilarious, heartfelt exploration of women's relationship with their looks. What's a woman to do when she wakes up one morning and finds an enormous freak-wrinkle bisecting her forehead? When she walks past the buildings site and nothing happens? When she catches the eye of a nice young man and is rewarded with a kind, patient, for-granny smile? Clara Hutt, 46, feels herself to be in her absolute prime. She is chipper. Her sap is rising mightily, as it happens. But then her friend Gaby comes back from California and moves in with her. Gaby is no stranger to Los Angeles' more invasive cosmetic procedures. She may be pushing 50 but she looks 35. And Clara wonders: should she follow suit? A little Botox, a little filler, a little nip, a little tuck ...but where to stop? And is nostril-waxing ever a good idea? "Had me choking with laughter...Knight has pulled off a clever trick here. With humour and wit, she's addressed the serious subject of how to swallow the bitter pill of ageing not necessarily gracefully". ("Evening Standard"). Praise for India Knight: "Knight is brilliant on comic details and spot-on about relationships". ("The Times"). "Tender, tough, schmaltzy, witty and heart-warming all at once. Knight has a great comic touch". ("Metro"). "A superb ear for dialogue ...wonderfully comic". ("Evening Standard"). India Knight is the author of three previous novels: "My Life on a Plate", "Don't You Want Me" and "Comfort and Joy". Her non-fiction books include "The Shops", the bestselling diet book Neris and India's "Idiot-Proof Diet", the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India's "Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook" and "The Thrift Book". India is a columnist for the "Sunday Times" and lives in London with her three children.

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 28mm | 358.34g
  • 29 Nov 2012
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Fig Tree
  • London
  • English
  • 1905490844
  • 9781905490844
  • 132,438

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India Knight is the author of three previous novels: My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me and Comfort and Joy. Her non-fiction books include The Shops, the bestselling diet book Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet, the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook and The Thrift Book. India is a columnist for the Sunday Times and lives in London with her three children.

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Every so often you will hit a line so funny and true it will make you gasp out loud ... sharp and bracing as a Claridges martini -- Jenny Colgan Telegraph The funniest novel about the female midlife crisis The Times Had me choking with laughter ... Knight has pulled off a clever trick here. With humour and wit, she's addressed the serious subject of how to swallow the bitter pill of ageing not necessarily gracefully Evening Standard The glorious fourth novel from Sunday Times columnist India Knight ... An honest, funny book about the complexities of middle age and a reminder that life is for living, with passion and gusto, whatever your age Hello! A very funny exploration of ageing written with the author's trademark wit Sunday Mirror

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I love this book!

It's Christmas afternoon and I've just finished reading Mutton. I started reading it before Christmas lunch and then powered on afterwards. I saved it for this day, to take the edge off. It's fantastic!!! Funny, gripping and because I'm a 42 year old woman, it's about something relevant to me. Also loved the piss-take of the fantasy genre - I can't deal with fantasy at all, not even Game of Thrones. I look forward to reading more about Clara and the Man from the Connaught in the future. Can't recommend this enough, particularly if you need something to lighten the mood over Christmas, which can be tense. I would have liked to hear more about Clara's clothes. She seems to be based on India Knight, who's a great dresser, based on her photos. Read it.show more
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