The Tennis Party

The Tennis Party

Paperback Black Swan

By (author) Madeleine Wickham

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552776696
  • ISBN 13: 9780552776691
  • Sales rank: 25,412

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It was Patrick's idea that they should have the tennis party. After all, he has the perfect setting - the White House, bought out of his bonuses as an investment banker. He hasn't actually told Caroline, his brash and beautiful wife, what the real reason for the party is. She is glad to welcome Stephen and Annie, their impoverished former neighbours, less glad to see newly wealthy Charles and his aristocratic wife Cressida, and barely able to tolerate the deadly competitive Don and Valerie. But as the first ball is served over the net it signals the start of two days of tempers, shocks, revelations, the arrival of an uninvited guest, and the realization that the weekend is about anything but tennis.

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Sophie Kinsella is an international bestselling writer and former financial journalist. She is the author of the number one bestsellers Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me? and Twenties Girl, as well as the hugely popular Shopaholic novels, the first of which is now the hit Hollywood movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. As Madeleine Wickham she has written seven bestselling novels. She lives in London with her husband and children.

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"It's exactly the sort of bright, hilarious novel you want to read while flopping on a sun-lounger with a chilled spritzer to hand" Daily Mail "Sharply observed first novel...light but lethal" Mail on Sunday

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It’s a sunny summer Saturday and four couples gather for a weekend of tennis. Meet the tournament hosts: self-made man Patrick and his brash and beautiful wife Caroline, out to impress with their new country house. Meet the guests: Stephen and Annie, their impoverished former neighbours; social climber Charles and his aristocratic new wife Cressida, and the ruthlessly competitive father-and-daughter team Don and Valerie. As the first ball is served over the net so begins two days of Pimms, tantrums, flirtation, deviousness and shock revelations. It soon becomes obvious that the weekend is about anything but tennis.