"The Yorkshire Pudding Club'. In this fun, warm and interesting novel, three 30-something women from South Yorkshire, who have been friends since school, fall pregnant at the same time and all in very different circumstances. Johnson manages to tell their stories in such a way that you can't help but root for each one of them. They all have past and current issues, ranging from child abuse and bullying to infidelity. Johnson deals with these sensitively and compassionately whilst not undermining their complexity. Something Johnson is VERY good at is creating male characters so slimy, so manipulative, so despicable, that you just want to climb into the book and kick them in the nether regions. However, she balances this well with a 'cracking' sense of humour (as they say in South Yorkshire) that saves 'The Yorkshire Pudding Club' from becoming an indulgence into the dark and depressing and rather maintains its persona of a funny, enjoyable read. This isn't to say that Johnson skimps on the consequences of each of the character's pasts. Each of them has to live with the effects of what has happened and challenge those behaviours that have become ingrained as a result.
Johnson's intelligent and down-to-earth 'chick-lit' is a welcome break of irreverent escapism whilst presenting the reader with emotionally complicated undertones. She also enforces the novel idea that women can look nice with a bit of meat on them. So next time you find yourself worrying about how many calories there are in a kit kat, stuff it and eat 10.
... the rest is the usual set: gorgeous man falls for an intelligent woman. But SEP gives them 10 hours to finally let them fall into each others arms. Hours of funny dialogues, passionate encounters and lots of Italian food! Kate Fleming at it's best.