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When Marianne Flowers is invited to a party in a genteel house in the mid-‘60s she has no idea that what she finds there – both in the form of a boy, and the sight of a grand bathroom, will change her life. Alas, so much for her assumption that moving in the middle classes will be a liberation – husband Charles may be right-on politically, but he is still a dinosaur in terms of equality. Marianne puts up with grotty home after grotty home, and dreadful bathrooms of every kind, in the journey that she makes towards satisfaction. This is the story of one girl’s move through life in search of fulfillment, happiness – and the best bathroom that money can buy her.
From the bestselling author of Janice Gentle Gets Sexy andMrs Fytton’s Country Life comes a tragicomic tale of one woman’s journey to independence via seven houses, three men and many disappointments…
When 17 year old Marianne Flowers is invited to a party, she has no idea that what she experiences there will change her life. When marriage to the sophisticated Charles turns out to be far from liberating, Marianne finds her escape in literature and realises there is a whole bright world unfolding before her.
‘Definitely one to immerse yourself in.’ John Harding, Daily Mail
‘Even when she’s at her comic best, Cheek is firmly rooted in a familiarly real world where friendships can be lost never to be salvaged; where marriages can be desolate; sex disappointing and money tight. And where even smart women delude themselves for love…
Yesterday’s Houses is an unique achievement.’ Ruby Millington, Daily Express
‘Cheek’s twelfth novel finds her on sparkling form with a witty coming-of-age tale about naive Marianne.’ Herald