Hilary Mantel

Rotten Melons

Stumbling on Melons

By Carol Bruggen

André Deutsch 215pp £8.95 order from our bookshop

Carol Bruggen’s third novel, its engaging title taken from a Marvell poem, is the tale of Hector, a provincial psychiatrist, his wife and former patient Judith, and the young Susannah, who is his patient when the story begins. On the dustjacket, the publishers make an astonishing offer: ‘a new angle to the eternal triangle.’ A cavalier way with geometry is not all. There is also a kind of Public Health Warning: ‘Readers who shy at the saccharine of most romantic fiction will find here the purest honey.’

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