The Cousins' Tale by Antonia Swinson, published by Hodder & Stoughton on the 21 January, 1999 ? Price ?16.99
The Cousins' Tale explores the role of men, money and mothers in women's lives in the last quarter of the twentieth century.
Bunny Halifax is a TV celebrity cook and catering superstar. Sarah Todd is a beautiful, intelligent graduate housewife. Teenagers in the seventies, the novel follows their lives as they grow from teenagers without a template in the seventies, into confused women living the prescribed realities of the nineties. The Cousins' Tale is set in London and Scotland and takes place in the context of an increasingly splintering Union.
In Sarah, the book explores the pain of relocation from London to the east coast of Scotland after facing financial meltdown. In Bunny, the cousin who stays on, we see the pressures of keeping a high voltage London life on track. Funny and fast-moving, The Cousins' Tale peels away our most cherished pretensions to reveal the bottom line, where keeping up with the Jones' is a fin-de-siecle recipe for middle-class madness.
ANTONIA SWINSON is a newspaper columnist and journalist. She writes a witty weekly column on the financial aspects of middle class life for Scotland on Sunday. The Cousins' Tale is a fictionalised expresion of her conviction that money, and how we manage it, still shapes all our destinies.
Antonia Swinson is married with two children and lives in East Lothian. She is available for interviews.
The Cousins' Tale will be launched on publication day (21 January) at James Thin in Edinburgh.
Hodder & Stoughton Publishers ? 338 Euston Road ? LONDON ? NW1 3BH
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