WINNER OF THE SOUTH BANK SKY ARTS AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION
‘I am shouting from the rooftops to anyone who will listen about this book. It’s so so good – realistic and funny and so truthful it almost winded me’ Dolly Alderton, The High Low
Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning. Melissa has a new baby and doesn’t want to let it change her. Damian has lost his father and intends not to let it get to him. Michael is still in love with Melissa but can’t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Stephanie just wants to live a normal, happy life on the commuter belt with Damian and their three children but his bereavement is getting in the way.
Set in London to an exhilarating soundtrack, Ordinary People is an intimate study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and ageing, and the fragile architecture of love.