Belinda, just fifty, wistfully reflects how much better she is at sex now than when she was young and gorgeous, and then discovers to her fury that her husband Tom is having an affair. All the Hopeful Lovers tracks the emotional rollercoaster she lives through over the seven days following her discovery. At the same time we learn what's going on inside the mind of Tom and of his lover Meg. Weaving through this web of middle-aged lovers is a tangle of teenage ones, as Belinda's flirty daughter Chloe tries to set up Jack with shy Alice, without realizing that Jack is full of secret longings for her.
About William Nicholson
William Nicholson grew up in Sussex and was educated at Downside School and Christ’s College, Cambridge. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award of their year. His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for stage, was Evening Standard’s Best Play of 1990. He was co-writer on the film Gladiator. He is married with three children and lives in Sussex.
PRAISE FOR THE SECRET INTSENSITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE:
"William Nicholson is one of our most underrated novelists, a subtle and addictive writer who deserves to be a household name...he moves slickly between his characters, pulling away unpredictably just as we think we’ve got to know them...In Nicholson’s capable hands, the cozy setting becomes unfamiliar and the familiar takes on new meaning." —Observer
"So incredibly accurate and true. Utterly captures the sense of quiet desperation of ordinary lives and the ways in which life turns on a sixpence." —Kate Mosse