The Cactus

Sarah Haywood

People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green - family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself, and that's all she needs. Age 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward - a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control.

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Susan has the world at her feet. At 45, she is the very model of successful self-sufficiency. No messy relationships to maintain. A job she loves. A perfect London flat. What could possibly go wrong? A wonderfully witty debut by Sarah Haywood

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