Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy

By India Knight

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143119814, 229pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

If Bridget Jones had two ex-husbands, three children, and invited her entire extended family over for Christmas...

It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up "a few last- minute bits and bobs." Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect. A challenge even in the best of times, but particularly when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini . . . and some olives.

About the Author
India Knight used to write a weekly column in the Observer Life section, and is a regular contributor to a number of magazines and newspapers. My Life on a Plate is her first novel.