by Sarah Deane
Liverpool writer, Jess Riordan, is struggling to finish her second novel.
A mistress of procrastination, her creative juices just aren't flowing as freely as she'd like, not helped by her mild online gambling addiction, and a crippling phobia of misplaced apostrophes - the sight of which literally make her sick.
Her impatient editor, Martha, has problems of her own, trying to conceive the 'perfect son' with wealthy husband, Jack, in order to secure a hefty inheritance. And Jess's best friend, the self-obsessed Stuart, can't help either, as he's too preoccupied with trying to get into the pants of his hero, Eighties pop star, Damien Jackson, whose daughter - the beautiful, but neurotic Lyla - is Stuart's new BFF.
Maybe Jess's burgeoning new relationship with the drummer in Damien's band, can unlock her writer's block, and finally ingratiate her with the rest of Liverpool's Literati, but if anything's going to throw Jess off her game, it's the pressure of a new romance. That, and her disturbing tendency to leave dying men in gutters...
- Sarah Deane, April 2012
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