I loved writing this novel. I stole some of its jokes from my partner at the time, the cartoonist Mel Calman, himself the veteran of several marriages. Its main character, Russell Buffery, isn’t based on Mel but has some of his problems, including a bad back, assorted step-children and a tendency to find himself in vaguely humiliating situations. I became very fond of him, and even fond of his various ex-wives, despite this bad behaviour and his shameless adultery.
With three ex-wives, a failing career and only his dog George for company, Buffy’s bachelorhood is looking worryingly confirmed.
Until he meets Celeste.
Dazzled by love, Buffy has no idea that Celeste is systematically researching his ex-wives, children and step-children, and unearthing secrets that will change all their lives…
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