It is not often that I discover a writer who does the kind of writing that I do myself. There's Tom Sharpe, there's Terry Pratchett, there was Kingsley Amis, but on the whole the comic novel is a rare animal. So it was with great, great pleasure that I turned, with increasing speed, the opening pages of Sex, Lies and Corned Beef Pies!
The bumbling protagonist, her seriously disturbed neighbours, a sweet old man and a lovable curmudgeon of a cat, all entwined in a tale of love, betrayal, self-discovery and cooking, combine to make this a novel that anyone whose sense of humour hasn't been surgically removed is bound to love. I read it in a single day and could hardly put it down.
Sex, Lies and Corned Beef Pies is due to release on 14 February.