Alice Hartley's Happiness

Alice Hartley's Happiness

Book - 2009 | Pbk. ed.
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Social mores come under bestselling author Philippa Gregory's acute scrutiny in this reissue of a long-unavailable novel of betrayal, revenge and liberation... Alice Hartley can no longer arouse the interest of her pompous husband, the adulterous professor. Despite her efforts, she still leaves him cold. Just as she is compelled to face this chilling truth, she meets Michael, a young student with an excessive libido. In Michael, Alice discovers an endless supply of all she has sought: revenge, sex and a large house suitable for conversion. Soon the house is thigh-deep with women joyfully casting off the shacles of their oppression. Sadly, some narrow-minded neigbours and numerous forces of the law seem completely impervious to all those healing vibrations...
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2009, c1992.
Edition: Pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780006514657
Branch Call Number: FIC Grego 9254tc 1
FIC Grego 9254mv 1
FIC Grego 9254mm 1
Characteristics: 257 p.
Additional Contributors: Gregory, Philippa


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May 28, 2016

This book had me in stitches! It was a wonderful adventure that I highly recommend.

Cdnbookworm May 15, 2012

I think of Philippa Gregory for her historical novels, well-researched and with great characterization. This book shows the research and characterization, but is a total hoot. It's a send-up of romance novels, but with a nice humorous base in the men versus women power struggle. Alice takes advantage where she sees it, and finds that she sees what appeals to not only women her age, but many other women and some men too.
One of my favourite lines: "Why do they never learn - these fictional characters who so blithely trigger their own denouement?" I also loved the session with the young mothers doing affirmations.
A wonderful, side-splitting, grin-inducing novel. Enjoy it.

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