Friends Like These

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

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

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