Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin. They have the perfect premises, heaps of talent, and even a few contacts - but not everyone seems as pleased by the idea of 'Scarlet Feather' as they are. Tom's parents are disappointed that he has turned his back on the family business. Cathy's husband buries himself in work, becoming ever more distant, whilst his mother thinks Cathy should stay at home to look after him. And Tom's relationship with his beautiful, ambitious girlfriend becomes fraught as she struggles to realise her dream of becoming a model. As Cathy and Tom strive to maintain their emotional ties amidst catering triumphs and disasters they are supported - and undermined - by an enchanting cast of classic Binchy characters.
- Paperback | 608 pages
- 111.76 x 170.18 x 48.26mm | 294.83g
- 02 Apr 2001
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion mass market paperback
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
About Maeve Binchy
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and came to fame first as London Correspondent for the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light A Penny Candle made her famous in the UK and USA. She lives in County Dublin with her husband, Gordon Snell.
Rumour has it that this latest Maeve Binchy novel could be her last. Make sure you don't miss it. It's her best: a kind of emotional thriller written with enormous energy and invention, serious enough to engage the intellect, moving enough to touch the heart, exasperating, endearing, cold. Compassionate-human-characters Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather are fighting to establish their company Scarlet Feather, as the best party-food suppliers in Dublin. Cathy is married to Neil, a civil rights barrister with a mission to save the world. His mother despises Cathy the daughter of her ex-cleaner as 'lower class'. Tom has a beautiful live-in girlfriend who longs to be a model. His father is disappointed that his son hasn't joined the family building firm (catering isn't a 'proper job'), There are surprises around every corner and enough plot shifts, clashes of temperament and comflicting ambitions to fuel an opera. Dotty and vindictive in-laws, absent siblings, a pair of neglected, recalcitrant nine year old twins (and a dog called Hooves); conflicting professional ambitions, deep secrets, broken hearts and fustrated aspirations. When two calamities hit Scarlet Feather's steadily-growing business in quick succession, followed by a whole string of escalating adversities, the ground open's up beneath Cathy's and Tom's feet. Nerves become strained, tempers shorten, cracks appear in impregnable bonds, hitherto unsuspected flaws can no longer be disregarded. Decisions must be made, however painful. This is the kind of novel that will make you shake with laughter as you blink-away the tears. (Kirkus UK)