Synopses & Reviews
Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffer a series of personal revelations and crises. Wickhams nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis.
"In this bitingly funny novel from Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella), four social-climbing British couples gather for a 'friendly' weekend of tennis, but find their friendships tested by competitiveÂness, scandals, secrets, and betrayals. Narrator Katherine Kellgren gives a masÂterful performance, creating distinctive character voices and alternating effortÂlessly among oily salesman Patrick, smugly pomÂpous Charles, sarcastic Caroline, fluttery Valerie, a German nanny, two very different little girls, and the rest of WickÂham's colorful cast. Kellgren's narration is marvelous, inhabiting various characters' states of mind, shifting among anxiety, fury, and guilt as the book's POV changes. A delightful performance not to be missed. A Thomas Dunne hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for 40 Love:
“First published as The Tennis Party in the 1990s, this breezy work skewers the moneyed set with dark, delicious humor - STAR_TELEGRAM“Wickham aces the shallow rich...in this light, fast-paced novel.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“This featherweight comedy delivers a decided satisfaction.” —KIRKUS
From the author of the sensational bestselling Sophie Kinsella novels and the New York Times bestsellers The Wedding Girl and Sleeping Arrangements, this perceptive comedy skewers the shallow rich, displaying a wicked backhand along the way
About the Author
Madeleine Wickham is the author of several acclaimed novels, including A Desirable Residence, Cocktails for Three, Sleeping Arrangements and The Wedding Girl. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written a number of bestsellers including the Shopaholic series, Twenties Girl, Remember Me?, The Undomestic Goddess, and Can You Keep a Secret? Confessions of a Shopaholic was made into a major motion picture starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy. Born in London, Wickham studied at New College, Oxford. She lives in London with her husband and family.