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Going out in the Midday Sun

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Four Londoners out of 8 million - through a series of coincidences their lives begin to intertwine . . .

Holly spends most of her days in her old Saab, fighting the snarling traffic and singing songs of escape from the superficial world of advertising photography. Her large, dark paintings are taking over the flat in Muswell Hill; she believes in Fate and is waiting for it to reveal something unexpected.

Peter has just extricated himself from a relationship based on . . . lust really — his violin playing had become offensive to her, as well as his socks. He now yearns to escape his day job and follow his own musical path, in bare feet and old black Savile Row suit.

Sandra is using her degree in English literature to compose fatuous blurb for an estate agent in Highgate while her first novel waits in her head. She just needs time, and to discover if her real parents are kindly doves or sinister crows.

Dodging flying crockery, vegetables and Gallic verbal assault in the West End kitchen of 'Le Tour Blanc', Jasper dreams of opening his own restaurant, somewhere well away from his family: with someone awe-inspiring . . . definitely not Adam.

Set in the halcyon days of the late nineties, heading towards the great millennium . . . Going out in the Midday Sun is part one of a trilogy spanning twenty years, in which the heroes are challenged with the everyday — love, babies, earning, family disputes, astonishing amounts of bureaucracy, duck gizzard salad, and possibly the end of the world.

An Amazon UK review for the paperback version of Going out in the Midday Sun.

"Kate Hardy's characters are cleverly observed. She writes with keen humour, sometimes wry, sometimes "laugh out loud", interspersed with little jolts of unexpected pathos. As events unfold, the subtle interweaving of story lines is intriguing and very filmic. (Are you there, Richard Curtis?) This is a funny and heartwarming read. I was left genuinely wanting to know what happens to these lovely people, and look forward to finding out in the the next part of the trilogy."

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