The Wrong Sort of Wife by Elise Chidley Orion, HK$91 Early in Elise Chidley's charmingly enjoyable first novel, The Wrong Sort of Wife, her heroine, Lizzie, writes an e-mail to her sister bemoaning her over-privileged but under-appreciated existence. 'Janie,' she begins, 'Do you ever feel you need a mini-break from being married - or is it just me?' Lizzie goes on to list her gripes - most of which involve husband James, who stops her watching bad television and refuses to indulge in a little light romance. Lizzie's fantasy is to switch places with a single woman. Having hit 'Send', she realises almost instantly that her e-mail has landed in James' inbox. Understandably miffed, James gives Lizzie her e-mail's desire. Forced to abandon the glories of her current abode, Mill House, she moves into the less salubrious Back Lane Cottage (this may be a euphemism, but I'm not sure). Chidley extracts much good-natured comedy from Lizzie's inability to juggle the competing parts of her life, but it was a disappointment to find some hackneyed romance-novel clich?s present and correct: Lizzie learns how to be thin, learns how to be sexy and learns that the frankly tepid James is her cup of cool tea.