The Grown-Ups

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Scribner, 2003 - Authors - 311 pages
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A hugely readable story of sexual intrigue, vanity, nemesis and unexpected death 'There are no grown-ups.' Everyone in this wickedly entertaining novel, whatever their age, bullies or deceives or adores someone else, in the merciless playgrounds of London flats, country villages, television studios and conferences. At the centre of it all is Leo Ulm, social scientist and media guru, who magnetizes his wives, lovers and friends with his fading brilliance. He obsesses them all, including clear-eyed Clara, though she may often wish he were dead. The god of his own universe, Leo is monstrously vain and arrogant - until something happens which leaves all the women in his life in shock. Then, perhaps, Clara begins to grow up....

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User Review  - janglen - LibraryThing

A well-written, and very easy read with a surprise ending. The characters are well defined and behave in a believable way, and if in the end it is all a little unmemorable, it is still an entertaining novel. Read full review

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

One of those little-known books I took a chance on, and found quite good. The author has a good eye for detail, and creates fascinating characters. I was particularly impressed with the Bollard family ... Read full review


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