Sweet Desserts

Author(s): Lucy Ellmann


Suzy Schwarz has learnt one or two things about life: other people know how you should live better than you do; sisters (especially Fran) can destroy your sanity and self-esteem; lust calls for careful timing because it rarely coincides with that of your partner; and most heartbreaking of all, parents die on you, leaving you grieving. The only thing that provides constant solace when times are bad (and they usually are) is food.

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Winner of the Guardian First Book Award

Outright rapture -- Clive James Lucy Ellmann does write a lovely novel ... an enchanting, enchanted book -- Fay Weldon A triumph ... there isn't a sentimental evasion or a dull bit of writing in the book ... it is painful to read but also exhilarating ... Lucy Ellmann is an original Guardian A wild book, in which angst-ridden confessions are interrupted by excerpts from cook books, authoritarian healthy-eating guides, pretentious theses on modern art, officious radio sex-advice shows, diaries, suicide notes, and pauses for American ice-cream and Rich Tea biscuits. Even the index breaks the rules ... Thanks to its spirited author (the story) is funny in spite of itself - and refreshingly unguarded Observer

Born in Illinois, Lucy Ellmann was dragged to England as a teenager. Her first novel, Sweet Desserts, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. It was followed by Varying Degrees of Hopelessness, Man or Mango? A Lament, Dot in the Universe and Doctors & Nurses and, most recently, Mimi. She now lives in Edinburgh.

General Fields

  • : 9781408850619
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : December 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.92
  • : 823.92
  • : Lucy Ellmann
  • : 160
  • : 160