Desperate Housewives meets Six Feet Under in this brilliantly moving and darkly comic novel, which charts the attempts of dying heroine Delia - a modern day Mrs Beeton - to prepare her family for the future and lay to rest a ghost from her past.
Delia Bennet has made a living writing a series of hugely successful modern household guides, with advice on everything from laundry to lovers.
The one thing she hasn't ever given advice on is her own situation: barely forty but dying.
To prepare her family, she tries everything from writing lists to teaching her daughters to make the perfect cup of tea.
What she really needs is a household guide: the kind she is expert at writing.
She sets to work. But the writing forces Delia to confront painful ghosts from her past. there is a journey she needs to make, and one last vital thing she must do...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/01/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007281114
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Review by wendyrey
A fictional account of a young mother's journey towards her early death from breast cancer. Far funnier and compassionate than it sounds as she tries to come to terms with both her lost of a child and the progress of her disease.It might have read better if the last chapter - about her death- was written from the viewpoint of her family not hers but a surprisingly entertaining read.