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Happy Eva After by Chris Harrison

On December 2, 2013

By Sophia Whitfield

This is a wonderfully funny novel about an eccentric teacher, his wife and a mysterious woman.

Sebastian Pink spends his days guiding his pupils through the perils of the English language. When he is not pontificating about the merits of Donne to non-English speaking students, he can be found walking his dog Claude on Primrose Hill or alternatively sitting on the bench at Primrose Hill deciphering the cryptic crossword.

Sarah, Sebastian’s wife, is rarely home as she is a workaholic, tied to her career with little down time except for light reading before bed in the form of the “Property Week”. This  allows Sebastian and Walter, a colleague from the IT department, to wile away the hours together at the local pub.

Sebastian is taken off guard when Sarah brings up the subject of starting a family. Her biological clock is ticking and she knows she must plan for children now. While things are becoming strained at home, Eva, a mysterious Czech student, enters Sebastian’s diverse classroom sparking his attention.

The broken English spoken by Eva and her fellow students inevitably leads to misinterpretation. Sebastian soon finds himself embroiled in the dubious suburban click of au pairs.

The book is written with all the accents of the diverse students attending the language college, which gives the novel authenticity. Many of the comments made by the students make this book the witty novel it is. Yoon Pong finishes an assignment with this aside for Sebastian.

“Sorry Sebastian. I didn’t write about England weather which was topic because you said no use swear word.”

Harrison has written an accessible and humorous novel that will have you laughing out loud. The perfect holiday read this Christmas.

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