A Surrey State of Affairs
By Ceri Radford
Pamela Dorman Books, Hardcover, 9780670023424, 288pp.
Publication Date: March 29, 2012
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Her Lithuanian housekeeper's undergarments keep appearing in her husband's study and her daughter is turning into a Lycra-clad gap-year strumpet. As her family falls apart, Constance embarks on an extraordinary journey. From partying in Ibiza to riding bareback with a handsome Argentinean gaucho whose only English words are "Britney" and "Spears," Constance is about to discover a wider world she thought it was too late to find.
Hilarious, inventive, and ultimately heartwarming, "A Surrey State of Affairs" will appeal to fans of "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" and the novels of Alexander McCall Smith.
“Wonderfully amusing. A comic gem.”—Alexander McCall Smith
“Warning: unintended snorts of laughter may occur in public places. Comic satire erupts when modern mores and reality TV invade the comfortable confines of Constance Harding’s cozy upper crust world. I loved every dizzy, delightful page.”—Helen Simonson, bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
“Wildly entertaining and amusing.”—Publishers Weekly
"Radford’s alternate persona as a middle-aged housewife was clearly successful in her earlier blog and remains as witty and outrageous in her first novel." —Library Journal
“Ceri Radford has perfectly rendered the inner monologue of a clueless but loveable Everywoman. Comforting, witty, poignant, and delicious.”—Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Thin Rich Pretty
“With a heroine as sweet and naive as Constance, there is bound to be trouble. And there is. Hugely enjoyable, this is an unusual and sparkling debut...The Diary of an English Provincial Lady de nos jours.”—Elizabeth Buchan, author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
“The endearingly clueless Constance Harding brings all of her generous good intentions to bear on solving the problems of those around her. What results are the hilarious misadventures of a hopelessly well-bred Englishwoman, an insightful commentary on our times, and a wonderfully messy tale of friendship, parenthood and love.”—Juliette Fay, author of Deep Down True