Friends Like These
By Wendy Harmer Allen & Unwin $ 32.99
WHEN Jo Blanchard blows up her career and her marriage in a high-flying pyrotechnic display at the Mother and Daughter day at the very snobby girls school where she is deputy principal she sets in train a chain of events which make for riveting reading. Wendy Harmer lifts the lid off a society which few of us will ever enter or would even want to – the world of the filthy rich and the underside of Sydney’s glittering Eastern suburbs society. Harmer has a wickedly succinct view of the men and women who people this society and a very sharp and funny edge to her pen as she describes them. The dubbing of the Darling Point Ladies College Old Girls as DOGS – ‘‘ Some are St Bernards, you know mums with puppies who don’t mind the odd brandy. Some are dingoes, as in ’ a dingo took my husband’ . . . ’’ is enough to make you laugh out loud.
Beneath the ribald humour it’s essentially a moral tale in which the brave and the good triumph over the shallow and evil, but an effervescent, enthusiastic and sometimes tragic read.
In a word: Funny