We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844085934

Price: £10.99

Disclosure: If you buy products using the retailer buttons above, we may earn a commission from the retailers you visit.

What's Inside

Read More Read Less


*'One of my favourite books ever
India Knight
McCarthy's characters confront many of the same issues as their modern counterparts: sex and contraception, career and marriage, love and lust, fidelity to one's husband versus loyalty to one's friends and the attempt to carve out a place for oneself unconstrained by the gender limitations of previous generations. Its continuing relevance is one of the book's most extraordinary attributes
Elizabeth Day, Guardian
A woman of intellect and style
Celia McGee, New York Times
Shocking, titillating, and acid-laced . . . the book still dazzles as a generational portrait, falters as fiction, and blighted McCarthy's life
Laura Jacobs, Vanity Fair
She is a sparkler, a very funny, very savage moralist, and a brilliant mimic
Absorbing, funny, painful . . . I consider it a masterpiece
Hilary Mantel
Juicy, shocking, witty, and almost continually brilliant
Her greatest novel . . . marvellous . . . a prophetic book which set the scene . . . for the novels of protest and liberation in the next decade
Lively, vivid and exceedingly entertaining
Few works of literature can genuinely be termed "ahead of their time"
The Times
This is the book which has aroused considerable advance speculation and well it might; it has a tremendous reader recognition . . . there cannot be much doubt that Mary McCarthy is an exceptional social satirist, with a jackdaw eye and an infallible ear
Kirkus Reviews
One of my favourite books ever
India Knight
McCarthy's dissection of this disparate group - highly educated but powerless in a world of men - is witty and merciless but tinged with sadness.
Daily Mail
Lively, vivid and exceedingly entertaining
Sunday Times
*'A brilliant novel:honest, engaging and sharp as a tack
Sarah Waters
A brilliant novel: honest, engaging and sharp as a tack
Sarah Waters
Scalpel-keen prose, honed on ruthless wit and insight
Feels like discovering a thrilling secret. Its prose shows a master stylist at work, its aesthetics are striking - all ivory-tipped cigarettes, hand-pureed pâté, Vassar socialists in dungarees - and it has a surprise queer romance that twists the whole narrative into new shape. It's my new standard for a summer read: lavish, hilarious, smart and mean, like a glamorous friend you're torn between fearing and crushing on
Mikaella Clements
Juicy, shocking, witty, and almost continually brilliant