By Lisa Jewell
Brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned had the fitting upbringing, yet now that they're grown up, genuine lifestyles is commencing to get within the manner. Tony’s facing divorce and a weight problem. Novelist Sean is up opposed to a major case of writer’s block and a surprise declaration from his “perfect” new female friend. Their mom and dad have a brand new lodger, Gervase—why is Bernie, their mom, so prepared to offer this unsavory waif a home? and what's the genuine cause of child brother Ned’s shock go back from his travels in Australia?
A good friend of the Family is a hilarious, dead-on-target tale from the bestselling writer of Thirtynothing and Ralph’s Party.
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I didn't mean to be unfeeling. It's only that Robin's been giving me a lecture about good old honest Anglo-Saxon words and balls happens to be one of them. And anyway my Simon's no more a little beastthan your Dickie is really. They're both little beasts and you know it. And for us to quarrel about it would be absolutely idiotic. ' 'Certainly it is,' I said brightly, going over to the drink table. ' 'Of course it was,' I said, clattering some ice into the shaker. 'I only said it to make you feel better about poor ljlickie's what-doyou-call-'ems.
34 At this moment dinner was announced and, as usual in that house, was delicious; beautifully cooked and swiftly and unobtrusively served and my inferiority complex reared its head again and tormented me. I glanced furtively at Laaina, Lucy's parlour maid, whisking the plates on and off the table with brisk efficiency, and thought gloomily ofEulalie ambling to and fro in slow motion like a dazed acolyte engaged in some obscure, interminable religious ritual, handing people the wrong things at the wrong moment and looking as ifshe were on the verge of diabetic coma.
I promise that our lips shall be hermetically sealed. ' 'So are we,' said Robin. ' Bimbo paused. ' cried Robin dramatically. ' 'How wonderful,' I said, restraining an impulse to overdo it and clap my hands. 'How tremendously exciting! ' Bimbo's tone was portentous as though he was privy to dire underhand plots. ' 36 'I don't see why really,' interposed Lucy. P. ' 'What I was really thinking about was inflation,' said Bimbo. ' 'That could be prevented all right with a little foresight and organisation,' said Robin.
A Friend of the Family by Lisa Jewell