- a short story collection
LIFE, ACTUALLY is a collection of short fictions which displays all
the wit and wisdom which has made Bel Mooney's journalism universally
loved, combined with the insight of her six novels to date.
These are tales of ordinary people whose lives become extraordinary
without them realising why. In 'Over The Road' smart girl-about-town
Caroline has her carapace pierced by someone else's love. 'The Herdman's
Wife' is the savage monologue of a rejected wife whose husband, a fashionable
literary novelist, turns the end of their marriage into fiction. In
'Trio' uptight Elizabeth discovers sexual fantasy, whilst 'Bag Lady'
introduces a small time porn merchant of a few years back who suddenly
encounters the tragedy of his life on the seedy streets of Manchester.
'Waiting For Placido' and 'Poppendoktor' deal with the disappointments
of love in European locations, whereas 'Christmas Puddings', set at
the time of the end of communism, celebrates an unlikely flowering
of true affection. 'Adam and the Floating Lady' recounts the anguish
of the end of a marriage from the point of view of a child, and - more
lightheartedly - 'A Country Prospect' show Bel Mooney's gift for satire.
Finally, 'A Karmic Package' unfolds like a short novel, showing how
the demands of love and friendship collide in Paul's life, and suggesting
that the human need for sex and romance and the subsequent disappointment
is just a part of 'life, actually.'
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