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The hilarious and poignant new novel from one of Britain’s most entertaining and provocative writers.

The hilarious and poignant new novel from one of Britain's most entertaining and provocate writers.

Sometimes it's possible to want something too much. That's when you risk losing what you have.

Sam and Lucy seem like the perfect couple. Successful, happy and in love. Lucy thinks Sam is a sad, cold sensitivity-exclusion zone who would rather read a newspaper than have a emotion. Sam thinks Lucy is blaming him because she can't walk past Mothercare without getting all teary. The Problem is that they might be infertile. And in more ways than one.

Lucy wants a baby. Sam wants to write a hit movie. And given that the averag IVF cycle has about a one in five chance of going into full production, Lucy's chances of getting what she wants are considerably better than Sam's.


'A very funny book about a sensitive subject...Ben Elton the writer might be even funnier than Ben Elton the comic'

Daily Mail

'A tender, beautifully balanced romantic comedy'


'Extremely funny, clever, well-written, sharp and unexpectedly moving...This brilliant, chaotic satire merits rereading several times'

Nicholas Coleridge, Mail on Sunday

'This is Elton at his best - mature, humane, and still a laugh a minute. At least'

Daily Telegraph

'Moving and thoroughly entertaining'

Daily Express

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    July 15, 2000

    Black Swan

    368 pages

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    November 8, 2012

    Transworld Digital

    368 pages

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