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by Imogen Edwards-Jones

It's the long hot summer of 1976 and unsophisticated Madeleine Johnsson is content being a wife and mother, playing tennis and discussing the latest slimming pill and push-up bra, until handsome Max Wright comes to town and opens an antique shop.

  • Date of publication:
  • 7 November 2002
  • Publisher:
  • Hodder


Falling heavily for the latest flirtation on the dinner party circuit, Madeleine allows herself to think beyond soirĂ©es at Angela’s, barbeques at Liz’s, and political fundraising events at Val’s.

In a society where group fumblings and philanderings are accepted and sex is traded like green shield stamps, there is a strict code – not to fall in love. But Madeleine is intoxicated, she can no longer help herself and everyone’s world is disrupted as her whole life is turned upside down…