This is a book that was waiting to be written. It tells us where the whole merry dance of modern life can lead.
Starting as a meeting, or rather a dash, between the class known as downshifters and the ambitious (but not necessarily capable) known as the upwardly mobile, its points of contact between the two are TV studios, international banks, art galleries and the suburbs of London.
In short, the world artificial, the poseur and those dedicated to oneupmanship.
But the short term is not what concerns Antonia Swinson. She Invents two cousins, Sarah and Bunny, at once best friends and rivals, to steer us through a world that proved to be a hilarious adventure in modern styles and manners.
Bunny although a TV celebrity cook, somehow manages not to enjoy a good meal. Cousin Sarah, is a beauty who falls in love with a Scot, the only drawback being that he died in 1938.
The author is a journalist who Is well qualified to record such antics, for she writes for the City and several Scottish newspapers.
As well as a sharp eye and an analytical mind, she has understandlng and compassion for people many of us would be tempted to dismiss as sad failures.
As a commentary on modern life, the book Is witty shrewd and penetrating.
Who could fail to recognise a typically modern man in the following: Christopher embraced his new job in the way only a man could who had two families, eight credit cards, a large overdraft and a ?340,000 mortgage?
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