First published 1992
Nothing particularly deep or serious here, just a story of three couples and their teenage children. The children get into trouble, a marriage breaks up, a career fails, champagne is drunk and Gucci handbags are purchased.
Bellamy is a funny writer; he makes me laugh. Sometimes his sarcasm is quietly understated, and sometimes he hits you in the face with it.
This book does seem a little bit dated to me; it's set in the early years of the recession, when I was about the age of the teenagers featured, but I still enjoyed it, perhaps as a symbol of a world that no longer exists, where women are given pocket money even when their husbands are broke, and characters drink-drive to their hearts' content and never get caught.4 April 1998