A Surrey State of Affairs by Ceri Radford

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"A comic gem" (Alexander McCall Smith) about a housewife who kisses her chintz and her cheating husband goodbye
 
Constance Harding lives in a picture perfect house. She is, however, absolutely clueless about the real world, e.g.,
 
*why her twenty-five-year-old son still hasn’t found a nice girl,
 
*why her Lithuanian housekeeper’s thongs keep turning up in her husband’s study, and
 
*why her teenage daughter is dressed in head-to-toe spandex . . .

 
When disaster strikes, she flees her comfortable nest. Constance is about to discover a wider world she thought it was too late to find. And she’s putting it all in her blog-thingy.
 

About Ceri Radford

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Ceri Radford is a journalist at the Telegraph Media Group. She lives in London and has been called the "new Helen Fielding" (Company). A Surrey State of Affairs is her first novel.
 
Published March 29, 2012 by Penguin Books. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Throughout, the predictable humor is reliant on easy targets, Constance’s ineffectual voice and her old-fashioned attitudes—“Never trust boys who don’t own cuff links.” Despite references to blogs and reality TV, traditionalism and stereotype live on in a comedy that’s as bland and clichéd as a...

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Publishers Weekly

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Set in the English town of Surrey, Radford’s wildly entertaining and amusing debut novel is composed of prim and proper Constance Harding’s heartfelt blog posts, which chronicle a triumphant and tumultuous year of her life as wife and mother.

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Book Reporter

Beginning on January 1st and continuing through the last day of the year, readers are privy to Constance's innermost thoughts and outward experiences in Surrey, England, as she makes her way through 2008.

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BellaOnline

As you read Constance's blog about what is going on her life, you witness her slowly adjusting to the realities of modern life and the way people live.

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Portland Book Review

Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at etix.com Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 Saturday the 2nd, 10am / Powell’s City of Books ...

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Portland Book Review

Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at etix.com Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 Saturday the 2nd, 10am / Powell’s City of Books ...

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Chick Lit Central

With encouragement from her son Rupert (in perhaps an attempt to divert his mother’s attention to things other than his private life), Constance begins a blog detailing the daily happenings in her life, including her frustrations with Rupert (25), daughter Sophie (18), and husband Jeffrey.

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Curious Book Fans

Encouraged by her children – 25 year old Rupert, an IT professional living in Milton Keynes who shows no signs of finding a girlfriend and settling down, and nineteen year old Sophie, currently on a gap year counting sticklebacks in the Ardeche – to write a blog, Constance writes about what she ...

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