She's free, fit and just under forty - so why does Harriet feel that Life is slipping from her control?
Modelling with stuffed cheetahs, causing a riot on prime-time tv and being caught up in the bloody rivalries of the local amateur dramatic society, are all part of the everyday life of Harriet Blair - suburban mother and sometimes glamorous author.
Life for Harriet should be perfect - especially now she's rid of her staid husband. Yet complications arise on every front. Her son, whilst being hailed as England's next soccer hero by the local football scout, shows more enthusiasm for practising his blossoming sexual techniques than dribbling a ball. Her daughter develops disturbing mercenary traits, selling her pony and buying a motorbike to match her older, lon-haired boyfriend. And Harriets determination to enjoy herself without male accessories is sorely put to the test when temptation is thrust under her nose in the form of a cold-eyed but hot-blooded magazine editor.
So Harriet's once-ordered world is taking on a life of its own - in fact, it holds greater surprises than any of the plots she's dreamt up for her bestsellers!