Gemma is the bored, pretty second wife of Charlie Bovery, the reluctant stepmother of his children and the bete-noire of his ex-wife. Gemma’s sudden windfall and distaste for London take them across the Channel to Normandy, where the charms of French country living soon wear off. Is it a coincidence that Gemma Bovery has a name rather like Flaubert’s notorious heroine? Is it by chance that, like Madame Bovary, Gemma is bored, adulterous and a bad credit risk? Is she inevitably doomed? These questions consume Gemma’s neighbour, the intellectual baker, Joubert.
Denying voyeurism, but nevertheless noting every change in the fit of her jeans, every addition to Gemma’s wardrobe, her love-bites and lovers, Joubert, with the help of the heroine’s diaries, follows her path towards ruin.
‘Truly original, witty and well-observed . . . A work of genius’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A tour de force of comic storytelling’ Observer
Underwear Was Important
Posy’s dialogue is as good as her draughtsmanship, and she has a talent for names (an area in which so many writers fall down) which is as good as that of Evelyn Waugh or Anthony Powell. What...Read more