The Double Life of Anna Day

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 January, 2007, 12:00am

The Double Life of Anna Day

by Louise Candlish Sphere, HK$112

Louise Candlish is right when she describes her writing as being 'on the literary side of chick lit', although you wouldn't know it if you were to judge her book by its ditsy cover. True to the genre, The Double Life of Anna Day concerns modern-day relationships, although the story has little to do with hooking a man. Anna Day already has a boyfriend; in fact she and 'Dulwich Charlie' have been an item for more than a year.

She knows he's a one-in-a-million catch, but she's prepared to go behind his back for one thing: access to his mother (and her prospective

mother-in-law). Charlie has never brought Anna home because he fears his mother (a cross between Margaret Thatcher and Jackie Kennedy) won't approve. But then he has to leave London for three months, which gives Anna time to begin her charm offensive. That involves garden parties, tennis dos and Laura Ashley frocks. With a plot as simple as this, Candlish does well to sustain interest. Readers won't find it a stretch to hang on until the end, which satisfies even if it fails to sizzle.