My House Is Falling Down
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'A truthful, exciting, agonising adult love triangle' - Laline Paull, author of The Bees
'I absolutely loved it!' - Marian Keyes

For Lucy, marriage to Mark provided an anchor after several years of drifting casually across countries, into jobs and out of relationships.

Now forty-two, her anchor is working loose. Bewildered by the demands of motherhood and dissatisfied by her work, she has also grown understandably resentful of her husband: Mark has serious difficulties of his own and whilst harsh self-reliance has kept him sane, it has alienated his wife.

When Lucy falls in love with Angus, a pianist in his sixties, her shock is extreme. Adamant that she will not deceive her husband, she instead asks his advice. Mark's reaction, however, is startlingly unorthodox, leaving Lucy to steer an impossible course between duty and desire, adventure and security. As her marriage falters and Angus presses for commitment, she is forced to choose between family and self, with lifelong consequences for everyone.

Infused with her trademark precision, clarity and dark humour, Mary Loudon's searing, highly-charged novel My House is Falling Down is a fearless exploration of what infidelity means when no one is lying, and how brutal honesty may yet prove the biggest taboo in our relationships.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 19mm | 195g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 152900523X
  • 9781529005233
  • 63,383

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A truthful, tender exploration of long-term love and the fragility of marriage * Good Housekeeping * Taking the scalpel to her subject of a woman's infidelity and her attempts to compromise, Loudon is both candid and surprising. * Daily Mail * A sophisticated novel that forensically examines how love and infidelity can coexist in a long term relationship - I devoured it! -- Penny Hancock, author of Tideline Nothing I say could match the emotional lure and its sustaining that is here. First person love - real, lived - a tense, irresistible read. -- Jon Snow, Channel 4 News anchor What a lucid, subtle and beautiful writer she is, with a gift for slicing through to the complexities of a relationship or a situation. Reading anything by Mary Loudon is to peer through the bell jar to the truths captured inside it. -- Elizabeth Buchan, author of The Good Wife and The New Mrs Clifton A novel of great tenderness and intelligence . . . A grown up love tangle with interesting, grown up men and women. -- Andrew Miller, author of Pure A truthful, exciting, agonising adult love triangle. An emotional labyrinth, with monsters, great risks - and survival. -- Laline Paull, author of The Bees. Honest, grown-up, moving, sometimes shocking. Also, beautifully written. I absolutely loved it! -- Marian Keyes (on Twitter)
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About Mary Loudon

Mary Loudon was born in November 1966. She is the author of four non-fiction books: Relative Stranger: A Sister's Life After Death, Secrets & Lives: Middle England Revealed, Revelations: The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled: Nuns Talking. Her books have been published in ten countries. Mary has won four writer's prizes, been shortlisted for the MIND Book of the Year award, and longlisted for the Richard and Judy Book of the Year award. An experienced public speaker and broadcaster, she has made over 200 radio and TV appearances, and been a judge for the Whitbread and Costa Book Awards. My House is Falling Down is her first novel.
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