Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award
Agnes Day – sub-editor, suburbanite, failure extraordinaire – is unwell. Terminally middle-class, incurably romantic and chronically confused by life’s most basic interactions, Agnes discovers disconcerting gaps in her general understanding of the world, making recovery unlikely. Life and love go on without her, but with a little facade, she can pass herself off as a success. Beneath the fiction, however, the burden of truth becomes harder to bear.