Uproariously funny and provocative, tender and life-affirming, this is Kathy Lette at her very best.
TO DO LIST
1) Buy hummus
2) Pay Pilates teacher
3) Find prostitute for son...
When it comes to sex, even the best laid plans come unstuck – in the stickiest way possible
As a crossword-addicted English teacher, Lucy never expected to be arrested for kerb-crawling. But her autistic twenty-year-old son Merlin is desperate to lose his virginity, and a prostitute seems like the only option . . . only Lucy picks up an undercover policewoman instead.
Let off with a suspended sentence, Lucy resigns herself to the fact that her son will never have sex, let alone find love… until the morning she miraculously discovers Merlin in bed with a girl.
But is tough, tattooed Kayleigh just taking Merlin for a ride? If so, why? And what has brought Lucy’s snake of an ex-husband wriggling back into their lives?
As all her best laid plans for Merlin’s happiness chaotically unravel, will Lucy ever be able to cut her son’s psychological umbilical cord and start to live her own life? And will the funny, quirky and marvellously magical Merlin ever find real love?
With plenty of comic twists and emotional turns, Kathy Lette’s riotous yet heartrending novel tackles the taboo subject of sex for the ‘differently abled’ – and shows us that when it comes to sex, we all have special needs …
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Comments about Best Laid Plans:
You will feel you are reading a personal diary of a mother so desperate to do whatever (and i mean whatever) it takes to ensure her special needs son gets to experience all the highs of a "normal" life without the lows. But the more she tries the more disaster she finds until she learns a lifelong lesson that you cannot live life without those lows. Merlin is by far the most extraordinary character who makes all others seem somewhat ordinary!
You will laugh terribly, find yourself hitting your head copying Homer Simpson's famous "doh" expression as one catastrophe follows another for this helpless mother...A truly pleasant beach read for those you have an open heart and wicked sense of humour!
"With the wisecracking Lette at the helm, the gags flow thick and fast . . . But it is the thread of seriousness in the writing, the insistence on respecting people as individuals and not labelling them, that makes this an exceptional novel." * Mail on Sunday * "With her usual mixture of huge heart and humour she rips the stigma out of autism" * Ruby Wax * "Deliciously rude and darkly funny, but with compassion and humanity at its heart. Read with relish." * Nicole Kidman * "A novel that'll have you laughing and crying" * OK! * "Alternately hilarious and heart-breaking, I loved every minute I spent reading this." * The Daily Mail *
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 18th April 2017
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.42