By India Knight

ISBN-10: 0143119818

ISBN-13: 9780143119814

If Bridget Jones had ex-husbands, 3 little ones, and invited her complete nuclear family over for Christmas... it really is December 23, and Clara Dunphy is working round Oxford highway like a bird with its head bring to a halt attempting to decide up "a few final- minute bits and bobs." regardless of the push, the twice-divorced mom of 3 loves Christmas and constantly desires to make it ideal. A problem even within the better of occasions, yet fairly while "family" ability a longer community of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling 16. Is the insanity of Christmas well worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly humorous everywoman who will win over someone who has ever longed to close out the vacations with "a titanic martini . . . and a few olives."

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He is extremely attractive. ’ It’s become objective. I would prefer it if I had the thought and then felt compelled to remove his pants with my teeth. Do I sound sex-obsessed? It’s to do with my age. Eleven years ago, when my older children were small, it was pretty far removed from my mind. Everything was removed from my mind, really, and not only because when you have young children you basically lose a decade – a large part of the nineties, in my case. I existed in them, obviously, but I’d have a hard time telling you much about them beyond the basics – Britpop, Blair, opaque tights, my discovery that avocado houmous existed.

We’ve known each other for six years, Pat and I, and she’s never been anything but lovely to me. Well, you know. ‘Lovely’ in the mother-in-law sense, where the word is elastic enough to encompass a high degree of competitiveness, some jealousy, plenty of resentment, and more childrearing advice than the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe would know what to do with. This latter is especially bold considering her own – how shall we put it? – complicated relationship with her children. Pat, like so many former matriarchs, now sees herself as a martyr, a sort of Mater Dolorosa who has been abandoned by her ingrate offspring; it seems never to have occurred to her that her children demonstrably love her but are a) a bit busy, what with work and families and children of their own, and b) wary (justifiably, frankly) of giving up a weekend to go and stay with her and be told, tearfully, what complete disappointments they are to their mammy.

But anyway: it’s true. The passionate, easy tiger, grr-grr bit is petering out. There’s a bit of tiger and a bit of grr, but – how can this be? – I don’t get that ache of longing any more. ’ And then I carry on with whatever I’m doing. This seems really pretty incredible, considering the longing I used to feel for him. I used to watch him when he didn’t know I was there – coming up the stairs at a party, once – and feel dizzy. I used to think, ‘Oh my God, that’s my boyfriend. That man – that clever, funny, charming, talented man, whom I fancy to the point of giddiness – has chosen me.

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