She worries that too much gluten and dairy may be hindering her children's mental arithmetic. She frets that there are too many cars on the road to let them out of the 4x4.
Finally she resolves to take control and tackle her biggest worry of all: her daughter is definitely not going to fail that crucial secondary school entrance exam. Because Alice has decided to take the test in her place...
©2005 John O'Farrell; (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd
The book is showing to the world what all an upper middle class being is capable of when it comes to a need for recognition of the social environment. The grotesque situations and reflections of the most affected by them are a great source for laughter and a good point for evaluation of one's own position in life. Those who have more feel obliged to push for more and tell everyone about it. Those who have little stay quiet and try to do their best with the little they have got. Two different worlds are perfectly described in the book, where one can find out that the privileges connected to the wealth can often be a deprivation from societal reality.
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