No Place for a Man

No Place for a Man

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753165139
  • 9780753165133

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A tale of our times which will ring true for wives and mothers everywhere, this latest offering from the ever-popular Judy Astley exposes the muddle of middle-class life through the eyes of Jess, her husband Matt and her children. Jess has always relied on the normal ups and downs of family fortunes to provide her with topics for her popular and humorous newspaper column. She has generously shared with her readers the angst of parenting adolescents, covering everything an average family would recognise - exam pressure, dead pets, the trauma of broken friendships. But the material becomes too meaty for a lighthearted touch: after 20 years with the same firm, Matt is made redundant and takes to hanging out at the local bar while dreaming up doubtful schemes to make him and his drinking partners rich. The eldest daughter is living love's young dream with a mysterious boy whose only home seems to be an abandoned car on the local allotments. And the baby of the family is entrusted with secrets she's too young to cope with. Jess's editor wants fresh themes and sends her off to experience new challenges for today's woman: having a bra properly fitted and braving the sophistication of a personal shopper. As she struggles to cover up the hard facts of modern living with a more palatable fa?ade of family life, is now the real time for Jess to confide in her readers? (Kirkus UK)show more