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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.


Moving and thoroughly entertaining

Daily Express

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

Only Ben Elton could combine uncomfortable questions about gender politics with a gripping, page-turning narrative and jokes that make you laugh out loud

Tony Parsons

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

Daily Mail

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 15, 2000

    Black Swan

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    November 8, 2012

    Transworld Digital

    368 pages

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