Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: William Leith

THOMAS AND MARY by Tim Parks (Vintage, PS8.99) THOMAS and Mary are a couple. They've been together for years. They have children and a dog. At first, though, you wonder why on earth they are still together. Tim Parks, always sharp on domestic detail, writes about Thomas and Mary in the bedroom. Are they trying to avoid each other? We find out about their history. The nicknames they had for each other but no longer use. Thomas and Mary were drawn to each other but now things are different. It reminds me slightly of John Updike's characters, the Maples. Parks is good on the subtleties of office politics. And good on stormy passion, too.

SCARY OLD SEX by Arlene Heyman (Bloomsbury, PS8.99) ARLENE Heyman is a psychiatrist from New York. She's in her seventies. She writes stories about the sex lives of older people. Of course, there's more to it than that. In one story, Marianne, an old-ish woman, prepares to have sex with her third husband, Stu. …

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