These ten stories poignant, perceptive, sometimes sad, and frequently funny display a multiplicity of London life glimpsed from buses, trains and the occasional taxi
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"It's a brilliant, painful, funny and courageous book" (Esther Freud Guardian)
"Simply tremendous... She is a witch, with the surest hand in contemporary fiction" (Philip Hensher Spectator)
"Her limpid, chaste, luscious fiction describes real lives" (John Lancaster Daily Telegraph)
"Her stories are - for those who, like me, recognise the truth in every word - like a reprieve... Sharp, poetic and marvellously witty" (Kate Kellaway Observer)
"Motherhood has long been a subscription-only sort of subject. Helen Simpson has found a way to tell it, and I hope that people beyond the constituency margins are listening" (Rachel Cusk Evening Standard)
This collection, Helen Simpson's third and best yet, is a loosely linked set of stories about women - at work, at home and on holiday - that is poignant, perceptive, often sad and frequently funny.
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