Alice Hartley's Happiness, Paperback
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Social mores come under bestselling author Philippa Gregory's acute scrutiny in this reissue of a long-unavailable novel of betrayal, revenge and liberation...Alice Hartley can no longer arouse the interest of her pompous husband, the adulterous professor.

Despite her efforts, she still leaves him cold. Just as she is compelled to face this chilling truth, she meets Michael, a young student with an excessive libido.

In Michael, Alice discovers an endless supply of all she has sought: revenge, sex and a large house suitable for conversion.

Soon the house is thigh-deep with women joyfully casting off the shacles of their oppression.

Sadly, some narrow-minded neigbours and numerous forces of the law seem completely impervious to all those healing vibrations...




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A very odd book! It's about a manipulative woman who is also oppressed by her husband which I suppose would also cover a lot of Gregory's historical novels. This one is present day and features the wife of a University professor taking up with a student in his Aunt's old house. Some of her ideas are hilarious (garden-aerobics - make women pay to do your gardening...) and others take a snipe at modern life such as women feeling forced to carry their babies 24/7 because African women do. The dolphins were a little far fetched I felt but I won't say any more....

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