Cordial and Corrosive: an unfairy tale

Arrow, 2000

Sebastian Nunn’s surname reflects the number of jobs he’s been offered. He has applied for twenty-two, been interviewed for eleven and got none. When he is shortlisted for the best job in the world, his wife Kate, driving instructor and crusader against the injustices perpetrated by appointment committees, takes matter into her own hands. No sooner has she started poking her nose in than she discovers this prestigious position is not what it seems. Not only does the chair of the interview panel turn out to be the mother-in-law of the favourite candidate, but the last person to hold the post disappeared in mysterious circumstances. And when Kate takes on a depressive new driving pupil, things go from strange to stranger.

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‘An engaging romantic comedy… Some sharp satirical asides give the humour an edge and precision [her] rivals often lack.’ Times