The mistress of black comedy returns, pulling no punches and laying bare everything that's pompous, conceited, vain or deluded. Having inherited an estate from an eccentric relation, Muriel trys her hand at playing the role of a land-owning aristocrat - with tragic and hilarious consequences. Susanna Johnston's tragically flawed characters will inspire compassion even as they have readers laughing out loud.
Susanna Johnston is a former features writer for Tatler. Her books include The Picnic Papers (Hutchinson), Five Rehearsals (Chatto), Collecting - The Passionate Pastime (Viking), Parties: A Literary Companion (Macmillan) and, most recently, Late Youth, an anthology celebrating the joys of being over 50, which Arcadia published to great acclaim in 2005.