Some women fake orgasms . . . Some men fake whole relationships . . .
Barry Fox - columnist, drinker and professional grouch - thought he had stopped loving his ex-wife, Andrea, in 1987, the year she met Oliver, her tall, young, osteopath lover. Oliver thought he was still in love with his older woman life-partner, thought he was every inch the new man, thought he could keep his wild fantasies under control.
When Andrea suddenly dies, both men are forced to face their real feelings in a mad struggle over who should inherit the memories, the furniture, and Andrea's obnoxious son, Felix.
Darkly comic and acutely observed, Nigel Planer's second novel mercilessly scrutinises the crisis of modern relationships, but also confirms that the world is not lost to those who are prepared to change.