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Guardian & Observer reviews
Woodward's magnificent second novel continues the story of the Joneses, so memorably introduced in "August". The story lurches from farce to tragedy as the members of one unforgettable family build and destroy their lives.
It is 1970 in the suburbs of north London and, from the untidy comfort of her crowded house, Colette Jones is watching her older brother go to pieces, drinking himself into oblivion on home-made wine. Colette knows the solace a drink can provide. But soon she finds she cannot afford to ignore the destructive effect alcohol is having on her family.