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**THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT**
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A BBC 2 ‘BETWEEN THE COVERS’ BOOK CLUB PICK
‘Wonderful’ RICHARD OSMAN
‘Perfect’ INDIA KNIGHT
‘Beautiful’ JESSIE BURTON
‘Witty and sharp’ DAVID NICHOLLS
1957, the suburbs of south east London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on a local paper, trapped in a life of duty and disappointment from which there is no likelihood of escape. When a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud.
As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean is suddenly given an unexpected chance at friendship, love and – possibly – happiness.
‘Gorgeous . . . I could not recommend it more’ PANDORA SYKES
‘Remarkable . . . Small Pleasures is no small pleasure’ THE TIMES
‘Irresistible . . . wry, perceptive and quietly devastating’ MAIL ON SUNDAY