When Elizabeth Price engages private detective Roland 'Orlando' Gibbons to find out the truth about her husband's suspected affair, she unwittingly sets off a chain of correspondence that reunites four formerly close-knit couples. They all live just a few suburban streets away from each other; they are all still married; so how - and why - did they become so estranged? In a series of letters - from love notes to condolence messages (the latter one arriving some years late) - each protagonist is far more self-revealing than they would ever be in person. The result is an uproarious and poignant portrait of four marriages, and a story about how little we know those we think we know best.Nigel Williams' new novel of suburban intrigue and late-flowering lust (and love) Unfaithfully Yours heralds the return of one of the country's finest comic writers, in peak condition: all hail Nigel Williams, chronicler of England's sleepy suburbs, where all is not quite as cricket as it seems . . .
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 128 x 194 x 24mm | 280g
- 16 Jan 2014
- Little, Brown Book Group
- London, United Kingdom
About Nigel Williams
Nigel Williams is the author of twelve novels - including the best-selling Wimbledon Trilogy. His stage plays include Class Enemy, still being performed all over the world, and a dramatisation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies recently revived at the Regent's Park Theatre. He also wrote the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Elizabeth I, starring Helen Mirren, while his BBC Radio 4 comedy 'HR' , with Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Prevost, is now in its fourth series. He has lived in Putney for thirty years.
Unfaithfully Yours is that rare beast, an epistolary crime novel * The Spectator * This book begs to be adapted for the stage. Embarrassing revelations and farcical misunderstandings abound, the scene in which two husbands unwittingly meet via a personal ad is hilarious * Country Life * Unfaithfully Yours is acerbic, amusing, yet with a rich seam of melancholy ... acutely funny * Financial Times * From the master farceur of Middle England [Unfaithfully Yours] is a triumphant comic return * Metro * `Unfaithfully Yours in a literary tour de force by Nigel Williams; take it on holiday and laugh yourself silly this summer.' * Tribune * A wonderfully entertaining novel which cannot fail to delight * The Times * `This is a cruel, clever, hilarious and stylish novel in which almost everyone is simultaneously villain and victim.' * The Times * `[Williams] is a consummate entertainer. As with all good comedy, this tale is underlain by a vein of sadness and regret, of belated self-knowledge and understanding.' * The Herald * 'Witty and humane.' * Tatler * '...a suburban black comedy that only the master of the genre, Nigel Williams, could pull off with such outrageous wit. It's been ten years since his last novel, but well worth the wait.' * Daily Mail * '...a novel of great seriousness that is also blistering fun.' * Daily Express * 'A wonderfully entertaining novel which cannot fail to delight.' * The Times *
'A wonderfully entertaining novel which cannot fail to delight.' The Times