The Amateur Science of Love by Craig SherborneI

Craig Sherborne has previously written two volumes of memoirs which were very entertaining. They are Hoi Polloi and Muck. This is his first novel, and tackles the theme of love in the face of serious illness

Colin is a young man from New Zealand wanting an acting career.  In London he meets the gorgeous Tilda.  She is older than him and an artist.  They fall in love and eventually make a home back in Australia.  When Tilda gets sick the relationship starts to change.  Tilda’s moods swing violently, which is understandable, and Colin goes through phases of being supportive and extremely patient, to wanting out, also understandable.  The book portrays both characters sympathetically and doesn’t make either out to be the martyr or villain.  An interesting look at a relationship under huge strain.  It offers some good discussion points for a book group. $34.95

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