When Lady Enid - an aristocrat in need of a project and a husband - throws her lot in with dashing Bernard Finch, she thinks she's found her perfect life's companion. Handsome and clever, Bernard has come a long way from his small-town American roots. Now he is a man transformed, more English than the English, the doyen of culture vultures and a celebrated lecturer on Aegean cruises. Which is where his past comes back to bite him, in the shape of his old college chum, Frankie Gleeson. Frankie has made his fortune in corn snacks and to celebrate his success he brings his wife, Nola, to cruise the Greek islands. Frankie is a simple man but he has the gift of total recall, of every detail of Bernard's early years. While Bernard shuns his cruise companions, Enid finds herself strangely drawn to them. It's amazing how much can happen between Istanbul and Venice.
'Laurie Graham, what a find! I was only about three sentences into At Sea when I knew I was going to savour every sentence and bitterly mourn the end ... Graham's taut, colourful, slightly camp style mingles Alan Bennett with Sue Townsend (does it get better than that?). The kind of book you stay awake far later than you should do reading, only to wake bleary eyed the next day thinking of the time when you can pick it up again' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail. 'Laurie Graham's grip on the art of subversive comedy is as masterful as ever... Sailing along on a tide of joie de vivre, readers will cheer for Enid as she asserts her independence' Lizzie Buchan, Sunday Times. 'Every line of this wonderfully subversive, positively Wodehousian comedy is hilarious. Curiously, this is my first encounter with a Laurie Graham novel and, so cheering was it, I am overjoyed to find there is a long backlist' Carla McKay, Daily Mail.
Laurie Graham is a former Daily Telegraph columnist and contributing editor of She magazine. The author of several acclaimed novels, the most recent were Gone with the Windsors, The Importance of Being Kennedy and Life According to Lubka. She lives in Venice. Visit her website at www.lauriegraham.com.