FICTION: Dear Mrs Bird, by AJ Pearce, Picador, €16.45
In 1946, the British novelist Marghanita Laski wrote a novel called To Bed with Grand Music. This darkly entertaining book follows the misadventures of a young woman called Deborah, who embarks on a life of hedonism after her husband is posted to Egypt, and it depicts a wartime Britain full of selfishness and casual adultery.
If Deborah had been troubled by guilt or unhappiness (she isn’t), she...
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