A husband and wife who increasingly live in difference worlds. Patrick doesn't hit her. He's not unfaithful. But is this it? For ever? Is fond comfort all that's left? Jane is terrified that it is. So at 36 she walks out on her marriage and embarks on a passionate affair and a bid for the top in her City firm.
Meanwhile Patrick falls for baby-faced Stella, who could lose him more than his peace of mind. She could lose him his restaurant business.
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Jane stood in the bleak grey of Terminal One, her briefcase and computer hanging from her slight shoulders as she rummaged in her handbag for her telephone. Her long hair, shiny and dark, slithered forward as she bent her head, covering her face and impeding her search. Her thin fingers scrabbled blind for the cellphone’s familiar shape. Bingo. Extracting it carefully, she shook back her hair, revealing an oval face with a high forehead over far-apart brows and deep green eyes. Her nose was straight and little bony, but was compensated for by a sensuous mouth, and a clear Celtic complexion. A good-looking thirty-something face, but right now lacking animation or beauty.
Holding the telephone in her right palm she pressed the button with the practiced thumb of the same hand. No signal. She walked to the smeary plate glass, and faced the wet tarmac. Network busy. She kept trying as her gaze swung back to the Arrivals Hall. The luggage carousel was unmoving and empty, the waiting passengers stoical, like refugees.
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Good Housekeeping by Trevor Grove
GOOD GRIEF, PRUE LEITH!
In the nicest possible way, Prue Leith is a busy body. She's so busy it makes your head swim. Despite the use of abbreviations such as 'Chm Restauranteurs' Assoc of GB' her Who's Who entry run to a whacking 27 lines. The nearly twice as long as Margaret Thatcher's during who premiership Prue was awarded OBE.
Apart from her gastronomic achievements, which include founding a Michelin-starred restaurant in Notting Hill and a thriving cookery school in Kensington, penning food columns for national newspapers, presenting three television series, re-inventing the British Rail sandwich and writing or co-writing a dozen cookery books, Prue has sat on so many boards, trusts, foundations, forums, associations, councils and committees that you feel she should have her own seat at the UN.
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Leaving Patrick is set in three main locations: Rajasthan where Jane and her sister-in-law go on holiday and Jane meets Rajiv, London, where Patrick's restaurant and marriage are both floundering, and the Cotswolds, where some sort of resolution is found.