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A wonderfully original and heartfelt comic novel about one woman's mission to reignite the passion in her marriage - and rediscover herself.

‘Is marriage just a series of texts about where the children are and whether we need milk until one of you dies?’

Susannah Parks – wife, mother, cleaner of surfaces and runner of household – is a viola virtuoso. Except she hasn’t picked up a viola for over a decade. She has, however, picked up a lot of Lego, socks, wet towels and other exhibits of mundanity. She has also picked up on the possibility that her husband has lost interest in her. (And frankly, she’s not very interested in Susannah Parks either.) But this year, she has resolved to be very interesting. Also thoughtful, useful, cheerful, relevant, self-sufficient, stylish, alluring and intelligent.

In her highly confidential diary, Susannah documents the search for the elusive spark in her marriage, along with all the high and low notes of life with her four beloved children, with her free-spirited (and world famous) best friend Ria, and with Hugh, the man who fills her heart with burning passion and her washing pile with shirts.

And perhaps amid the chaos she might be brave enough to find the missing pieces of herself.

WARNING: CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE, SEX SCENES AND FANTASIES ABOUT HUSBANDS UNPACKING THE DISHWASHER.


'One of the most highly anticipated Australian debuts of the year….there are funny, laugh-out-loud bits everywhere … entertaining, emotional, full of lunatic charm’ BETTER READING

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one of the most anticipated Australian debuts of the year

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143790440

    April 16, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    416 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Paperback

    9781760895105

    January 7, 2020

    Penguin

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9780143790457

    April 16, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    416 pages

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  • Audio Download

    9781760891213

    April 16, 2019

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $26.99

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Extract

Prelude

SATURDAY 31st DECEMBER

I have been hiding in the wardrobe for eleven and a half min­utes. I’ve done ten and a half minutes of deep breathing and a bit of meditation and still I don’t trust myself to come out. I am sit­ting on Hugh’s shoes, amid his hanging trousers. It might appear a bit childish, this hiding in the wardrobe, but actually I’m very sensibly not losing my temper. Trying at least; I can still feel some shouts threatening to burst out and screech all over the house. I must clutch on to them and stay here a bit longer. If I lose my temper, I might not find it in time for the New Year’s Eve guest arrivals . . .

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