Jill suggested Salley Vickers' "Mr Golightly's holiday" as a light but stimulating read. Alternatively we could read Esther Freud's "The sea house" (set near my parents' flat). Votes quickly please so we can settle on what's next. (Email me or post on here, whichever you like). After one of those two, Val suggests one of the best-regarded of her Virago Modern Classics series since we were interested in the edited highlights!