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Stella works as an agony aunt for a teenage magazine. She lives on Pansy Island, a self-consciously arty community on the Thames, where her husband Adrian writes erotic novels in a summerhouse by the river, while her two teenage children prepare themselves for adult life in various ways not necessarily recommended in the pages of their mother's advice columns. Stella's friends assume that she has no problems of her own, and shamelessly come to her for the advice she dishes up for a living on the magazine; Stella, however, finds herself with a problem she cannot handle when Abigail, her rich and glamorous friend from university, comes to stay. Abigail has been deserted by her husband, and has decided that Stella's life, and more particularly Stella's husband (with whom she once had a fling in their younger days) will fill the gap nicely.

©1997 Judy Astley (P)2009 Random House Audio

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Bang on summer listen

Perfect for summer, Judy's earlier books show a real passion for writing and the characters which her later books lack. As always having a woman do the men's voices is comic but it doesn't detract from a good overall performance. Sit back and enjoy in the sun. I did 24 years after reading the original book.

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I always enjoy Judy Astley

I do always enjoy Ms. Astley but sometimes I wish her heroines would be a little more feisty. The wit and humor is rife here, but as I say, I like a little more revenge when it is due. Narrator is very good. This is Richard's wife.