Fly in the Ointment

Fly in the Ointment

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Guilt is in the eye of the beholder ... When her cold and indifferent husband vanishes, so does Lois's old life. Now she is ready to take her chances again. There's only one fly in the ointment: Janie-Gay, ex-partner of the son Lois lost to drugs, and spiteful mother of the small, neglected child she can't get out of her mind. Caring's not something one can lay aside, and Lois is soon tangled in webs of deceit. Worse, she is on a collision course with a remorseless society that claims to support and protect. Now, more than ever, she could use the skills of her once frozen heart...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 17mm | 200g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774677
  • 9780552774673
  • 580,925

Review quote

"Fine is a storyteller of brilliance, and this short tragedy is utterly compelling." -- Kate Saunders - * The Times * "Anne Fine is on sparkling form" * Sunday Times * "A sharp sense of danger always crackles in the background whenever Anne Fine writes for adults" * The Independent * "Subtle, nuanced, beguiling and often shocking.It will smash and grab your attention right from the start" * The Scotsman * "Anne Fine's trademark bite is ever-present in this short, sharp and typically dark novel ... leavened with an acute sense of humour" * The Daily Telegraph *show more

About Anne Fine

Fly in the Ointment is Anne Fine's seventh novel.Her first was the critically acclaimed The Killjoy, which was runner up for the David Higham Prize for Fiction.Taking the Devil's Advice and Telling Liddy have both been adapted for radio. The Observer referred to her novel In Cold Domain as 'a glorious tirade against the grind of motherhood' and the Evening Standard described All Bones and Lies as 'splendid, clever, cruel and funny'.Anne Fine's work has been translated into over thirty languages. She has two grown-up daughters and lives in County Durham. For more information on Anne Fine and her books, see her website at www.annefine.co.ukshow more

Review Text

"Anne Fine is on sparkling form"show more

Back cover copy

Guilt is in the eye of the beholder ... When her cold and indifferent husband vanished, so did Lois's old life. Now she is ready to take her chances again. There's only one fly in the ointment: Janie-Gay, ex-partner of the son Lois lost to drugs, and spiteful mother of the small, neglected child she can't get out of her mind. Caring is not something one can lay aside, and Lois is soon tangled in a web of deceit. Worse, she is on a collision course with a remorseless society that claims to support and protect. Now, more than ever, she could use the skills of her once frozen heart...show more

Rating details

84 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 20% (17)
4 38% (32)
3 27% (23)
2 12% (10)
1 2% (2)
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