On the hottest day of the year, Grace Adams is finally seething. Abandoning her car in jammed traffic, not unlike Michael Douglas in the 1993 film, except it’s north London instead of Los Angeles, and there are golf clubs instead of guns: Grace sets off on foot on a Leopold Bloom-like odyssey through the north of the city. Her mission is to deliver a fondant birthday cake to her 16-year-old daughter Lotte, who moved in with her father and no longer talks to her about her.
This is the premise for, a novel about a perimenopausal polyglot driven by anguish, anger, determination and love. It’s funny and relatable, written by ex-financial journalist Fran Littlewood, who recently turned 50 and also lives in north London with not one but three teenage daughters and her partner. The TV rights to the book have already been optioned since producer.
- Amazing Grace Adams is published by Penguin