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She's sexy, brassy, forty-eight
and in her prime. Mrs Rita Swales, owner of a successful housesitting
agency in the Midland town of Cranley, has come a long way from
an impoverished youth and the drudgery of mothering four sons.
With an ardent suitor wrapped round her plump little finger,
the only fly in her ointment is her husband Collis, still malingering
after an industrial accident. Thus the day of Rita's party for
her agency's fifth anniversary becomes the day of reckoning for
her life - will she stay true to her past, or grasp all that
the future offers?
Published 1999, by Sceptre.
"A witty, acerbic, raunchy
first novel." EXPRESS
"Bryan writes with sensual
precision and jaunty assurance in crisp, lively prose."
"The book positively throbs
with Rita's earthy energy... Bryan handles with assurance a wide
range of narrative voices and stylistic devices that never slow
the pace." TIMES
"I loved it... It
is real, it doesn't fudge things, and yet it also manages to
be funny." Margaret Forster