This is an emotionally rich comedy and an uplifting life story that speaks to all mothers who have struggled to support their children on their own and to all women searching for self-fulfillment.
Our herione is a housewife with two teenage daughters and a toddler, a philosophy degree, and a husband of little utility. As her story progresses, she experiences a series of funny and eccentric adventures as she interacts with her neighbors and friends and looks for a purpose in life other than that of wife and mother.
The breakdown of her marriage comes out of the blue. Her description of discovering her husband's affair with a marriage counselor is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Her painful experience in a psychiatric hospital is decribed without self-pity. As she is coming to terms with what has happened, she tries a variety of jobs, including driving a bus and river poaching. Discovering a talent for writing (including rewriting the Bible in comic verse, which is read in church) and in performing, she regains a sense of self-worth.
She and her women friends team up to realize their teenage dreams of becoming popstars with her "Song of the Good Woman." The climax of the book is gloriously triumphant and outrageous.
"A hilarious account of one woman's experience of motherhood and approaching menopause." – Sainsbury Magazine
This novel achieved cult status when The Women's Press first published it in 1994 (as Travels with a Pram and Hot Flush and the Toyboy, now out of print), and parts were originally published in She magazine.