Ysenda Maxtone Graham

Make or break?

Her Ordinary People over-examine their relationships, and fuss too much about their bodies’ ‘balance’

My husband started reading Diana Evans’s third novel, Ordinary People, the day after I’d finished it. Three days later, I asked him how he was getting on. He said: ‘I’ve just got to the knifing.’ I said: ‘What knifing?’

I’d already forgotten about the knifing. A whole knifing in south London, complete with innocent dead boy and devastated mother.

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