Boy Who Fell To Earth, The

by Lette, Kathy

KATHY LETTE first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer in America and Australia, she wrote ten international bestsellers including Mad Cows (which was made into a film starring Joanna Lumley and Anna Friel), How to Kill Your Husband and Other Handy Household Hints (recently staged by the Victorian Opera, Australia), and To Love, Honour and Betray. Her novels have been published in fourteen languages around the world. Kathy appears regularly as a guest on the BBC and Sky News. She is also an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International and the White Ribbon Alliance. In 2010 she received an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University. Kathy lives in London with her husband and two children.

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On Jan 21, 2017, CloggieDownunder said:

The Boy Who Fell To Earth is the thirteenth novel by Australian author, Kathy Lette. Lucy's marriage to Jeremy is perfect: he's rich, intelligent and attractive; she's witty, funny and attractive. But when their son Merlin is diagnosed, at the age of three years, as autistic, Jeremy runs off with his lover, a buxom TV chef, and the divorce is poisonous. Lucy is left, financially disadvantaged, to raise her special needs boy with minimal support.

This may all sound very depressing, except that Lette has such a clever turn of phrase that the book is filled with humour, much of it, of course, black. As Lucy describes her frustration in dealings with the bureaucracy of the social service world and the education system, as well as single parenthood of a special needs child, she elicits many laughs and the odd lump in the throat. Merlin is definitely the star of this book: more of the boy and less of his mother's sex life (or bemoaning the lack thereof) would have gained this tale a higher rating. A funny and very witty read.

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