Monday Book: Oooh! Edwina Gets Het Up about the Dating Game

By Jeffreys, Susan | The Independent (London, England), February 14, 2000 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Monday Book: Oooh! Edwina Gets Het Up about the Dating Game

Jeffreys, Susan, The Independent (London, England)

Chasing Men Enjoying Life Like Never Before...

by Edwina Currie

(Little, Brown, pounds 14.99)

LADIES! IF you've a mind to go chasing men this Valentine's Day, do not be seen with Edwina Currie's novel. Settle down with it in a train and you'll notice men sheering off to another carriage, their flanks quivering, like horses refusing a fence. The sight of her name on the cover, big and embossed, and a picture of a model looking like a young Edwina, has a powerful effect on men. She spooks them.

Her latest "sexy and poignant" offering has Hetty as its heroine. Hetty (and it is hard to keep the image of Edwina from the mind) has separated from her husband, taken a job in broadcasting and is now living alone in a London flat. The flat, by the way, affords marvellous views of a common popular with those looking for rough trade. Hetty sees much that goes on there, and it may be that Edwina is sending out a coded warning to some old colleagues.

Hetty has spent her married life deep in the country where, it seems, sex is a rare event. I must say I have heard quite otherwise. Perhaps when they saw her steaming over the horizon on egg research, they swiftly buttoned up their waxy jackets.

Hetty comes to town and finds out, with the fearsome assiduousness of a school swot, about gays and lesbians and dating agencies and vibrators. Much of this new information is conveyed to the unhappy reader in dialogue - never Edwina's strong suit. "You're a pal, Doris... I shan't give in. I'm not about to hang up my boots and spurs yet." Doris sat up. "Boots and spurs? Oooh! You didn't say you were S and M?" Oooh! is rather a favourite of Edwina's. Sometimes she demotes it to an Ooh! though in moments of hot passion, she'll upgrade it to an Ooooh! Whatever the circumstances, it always reads like Larry Grayson.

Hetty's block is home to a transvestite, a murderess, a flat of hard- drinking young women and a couple of artistic gays. Hetty drops her country ways, goes on a diet, gets herself a bike and is soon best pals with all of them. Soon she takes up urban hunting - for men.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Monday Book: Oooh! Edwina Gets Het Up about the Dating Game


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?