Male lust and female friendship draw two families together - despite the gulf that exists between them - in Zadie Smith’s engaging satire.

Professor Howard Belsey has done something stupid. And what is more it is the stupid ‘something’ that men his age seem programmed by cliché to act out. Exiled in his own home by the anger of his wife and the disapproval of his three kids, Howard is about to see his role in the family further undermined by the arrival in their East Coast college town of his nemesis, British academic Monty Kipps.

The Man Booker Prize 2005
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Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith

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Zadie Smith is a multi-award-winning author, who made a huge impact with her first novel, White Teeth.
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