This intelligent, witty story of a marriage in crisis will appeal to women in their late 20s, 30s and 40s. Public appetite for interior design and home makeover is growing, as shown by the popularity of series such as Grand Designs and the proliferation of home and lifestyle magazines Shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award and the Desmond Elliot Prize for new fiction
Matthew Reynolds is known as a critic and scholar, author of The Realms of Verse and of many essays in the LRB and TLS, editor of Dante in English and of Manzoni's The Betrothed. He spent time in London, Cambridge, Pisa and Paris before settling in Oxford where he lectures at the University and is a Fellow of St Anne's College. He lives with his unruly family in a thoroughly imperfect interior.
'A novel of floor plans and flawed plans' Times Literary Supplement 'A genuinely original piece of writing' Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 'A smart, sparkling read, peeling back the layers of Alizia Tame's seemingly perfect existence to reveal the human truth beneath the surface' Elle 'A sad and gentle story of a family's breakdown so gripping is the immediacy of the format ... An engrossing, clever and funny novel' Literary Review