Mark and Claire seem an ideal couple. He is an accountant, she the daughter of a successful businessman. They live in a comfortable middle-class village in Surrey. The novel opens with a party to celebrate the baptism of their daughter, Pippa Then disaster. Jeremy, their young son, is knocked down on the road outside when chasing after an escaped rabbit. He survives, but is severely brain-damaged.
The once ideal marriage is troubled by the stress, the pressure caused by Jeremy's state of health. This middle-class couple and their family are forced to cope with a catastrophe they never imagined could happen to them.
What is Claire's guilty secret, she who is so outwardly efficient in dealing with Jeremy in his utterly dependent state? Mark ponders escape, but has he the nerve? Does the attention lavished on Jeremy foster Pippa's resentment? Can Claire's wealthy, self-made father provide a solution? And what effect does Claire's younger sister, Sally, an MP, have when she launches a Private Members' Bill that would legalise euthanasia?
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 04 / 2000
- 140 x 108mm