- Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:23 pm
'Madcap'. Says it all.
Once, as part of a promo piece I was doing for the Cheltenhem lit fest, I was challenged to read a Katie Fforde book in two hours and then answer questions on it. Now, it's not Bagshawe but it's similar. And from what I'm reliably told, all those sorts of books are the same.
Apparently independent, confident (yet at the same time insecure) heroine is saddled with useless partner.
Heroine dumps him or goes off for a break.
Heroine hooks up with quirky, 'whacky' friend, who's a bit of a goer.
Heroine meets up with too-good-to-be-true hunk.
Whacky friend gets in some way hurt (usually emotionally), and in the words of Bad Boys 2, the shit gets real.
Heroine decides to start new life with hunk.
Useless partner from the start comes back in and appeals to heroine, just as hunk puts his foot in it, in some way.
God, it's like Tess of the D'Urbervilles here. But with less shagging and murder in Bournemouth.
Whacky friend pairs off with sensitive type from earlier, or with equally free spirit and goes off trampolining around the world.
Heroine tells dull ex-partner where to stick it, strikes out on her own, and falls into arms of hunk, with whom she is now reconciled.
Seriously, that is the plot of all of them.
"I've tried to think of something clever to say about Rod Liddle, but I think he's just a cunt."