Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S Deftly Orchestrated Chaos

Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S Deftly Orchestrated Chaos

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The headings set the scene: 'Last Tango in Balham, in which I meet Ma rlon Brando on the dance f loor of Surbiton Assembly Rooms but thank fu l ly do not have to do anything with packet of country l i fe .'

The essential premise in Melissa Kite's breezy new collection Rea l L i fe: On e Woman's Gu id e to Love, Men and O th e r D i sa s t e rs (Constable, £7.99) is: single girl (of advancing years) desperately seeks man and invariably ends up with the wrong one. Plus a great deal more o f mundane a f f ront s to do w ith TV remote cont rol s that won't work, Lambeth Council's wheeliebin regulations, and the challenge of filling in a passport application form. Real life. Possibly.

The fun lies in the enjoyable unreality, the deftly orchestrated scenarios of chaos. …

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