It’s only after Finchley-dwelling Jewish housewife Beverley Littlestone has spent several minutes attempting “to work out which was further west, Liverpool or Bristol” that she realises she’s literally “been lying back and thinking of England” while husband Melvin “had been engaged in what he liked to think of as lovemaking”.
Melvin’s business skills aren’t up to much either. And never have been. His latest bright idea to stave off bankruptcy involves selling “best-quality micro-fibre Korean toupées”. Mail order. Meanwhile as their 17-year-old daughter Natalie finds a cure for her Permanent Menstrual Tension in happy clappy Christianity, son Benny is trying to reclaim his foreskin using a couple of 32mm washers and some fishing weights.
And then Beverley’s estranged sister – a thin, evil chat show presenter, given to reducing her colonic irrigator to tears and trying to book virgins who’d been groped by vicars for her Christmas special – asks Bev to have a baby for her.
Sisteria is just one of four hilarious Sue Margolis books published by Apostrophe Books.
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“Artex, Beverley Littlestone had to admit, was a bugger. If a time came when they could afford to redecorate the bedroom, then those short, spiky stalactites hanging from the ceiling would definitely need going over with an electric sander. Or maybe it was possible to plaster over it. Alternatively they could leave the Artex alone and get a quote for a false ceiling, which could hang a few inches below the original. Might be cheaper and less messy in the long run.”
“Sisteria is packed with kooky characters from Bev’s live-in mother Queenie and her sleuthing pals at the day centre, to ex-RAF flight-lieutenant-turned-witch Fallopia Trebetherick (“‘So, Fallopia,’ Queenie said, ‘Beverley tells me you’re a lesbian. How are things in Beirut these days?’ “) via Vlad the Impala (that’s what he drives) Melvin’s supplier of dodgy toupées, dodgy ex-Soviet DIY ear-syringing kits and anti-snoring devices. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, feel-good farce with lots of sex, a smattering of religion and a sprinkle of politics, which will have particular appeal for anyone who’s ever experienced north-west London Jewish family life, or pondered the pros and cons of male circumcision.” – Lisa Gee: Amazon review
“Four stars … a tremendously funny, colorful and gripping read.” – Mail on Sunday
“Margolis’s debut is brightly written and good-natured enough to win over most skeptics.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A saucy romp.” – The Independent
“I almost had to read this book with my eyes shut, it’s so naughty … but so nice.” – Jenni Murray, Woman’s Hour, Radio 4
“Lots of uninhibited sex, some joyous slapstick and a pleasing tally of one-liners.” – Good Housekeeping
“Light, frothy and fun … Touching and amusing . . . Hits all the right buttons.” – The Bookseller
“Hilarious… great fun… A riotous romp… Terrific characters … It will make you laugh out loud – a lot.”‘ – Jewish Chronicle
“Its humour is irresistible.” – Jewish Telegraph
“Margolis’s prose- is witty and sure… a taut and rambunctious tale.” – Publishers Weekly
“An urban Jilly Cooper without the riches. There are the juicy sex scenes to make you hot and fidgety on the Tube, the deliciously evil hyper-bitch and plenty of over-the-top character traits. And, it all comes good in a ridiculously Hollywood happy ending.” – Ham & High
LATEST READER REVIEWS ON AMAZON:
“Right from the start, this book is funny and touching, I think every mother Jewish or not could relate to this womens fears, tribulations, and angst! The mother figure was a special favourite of mine, one I could relate to. Have just discoverd the lovely Sue I will certainly be keeping a eye open for more of this great wit, humor, with her distinct ability to have a great look on life and see the funny side..great..read it ..what can I say” 5★
“I was enthralled by this book and Sisteria which is another “must read”. Any bored housewife (which I hasten to add I am not!) who lives in North London can relate to the landmarks, the way of life and the daily turmoil of everyday life. I could relate to the main character, empathise with the husband, thoroughly dislike the younger (successful, scheming) sister and well as for the love interest – I blushed on the train! A great book and thoroughly recommended! 10 out of 10.” 5★
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