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Comfort and Joy

It's December 23rd and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a blue-arsed fly trying to buy presents. She wants to make Christmas perfect: it's a lifelong ambition. And a challenging one at the best of times, even without taking her sixteen guests - sorry, "loved ones" - and their varying degrees of social dysfunction into account. Meanwhile, something weird has happened to her marriage, and the ho, ho, ho is thin on the ground. Why does Christmas have such an emotional hold over us? Why does family stuff hit the peak of its madness on December the 25th? And is it okay to want more than you have, when what you have seems so enviable from the outside? A blackly funny, tender dissection of the meaning of love - family love, sibling love, children love - Comfort and Joy will make you laugh and cry.

Издательство: "Penguin Books Ltd." (2011)

Формат: 130x195, 288 стр.

ISBN: 978-0-141-01095-3

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India Knight

Infobox Writer

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name = India Knight
birthdate = 1965
birthplace = Brussels, Belgium
occupation = Journalist, Columnist, Novelist
nationality = United Kingdom
website =|

India Knight, born in 1965, is a British journalist and author born in Brussels, Belgium, known for her contribution to the British media, as well as her books: "My Life on a Plate", "Don't You Want Me?", "The Shops" and "Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet".


Knight was born to Michel Aertsens and his wife Begum Sabiha Rumani Malik (of an Indian Sufi Muslim family). The marriage ended in divorce; in 1975 her mother married the media baron Andrew Knight; they were divorced in 1991, after having two more daughters; Amaryllis Knight and Afsaneh Knight. It is not clear when India Knight began to use her first stepfather's surname. India's mother subsequently married the architect Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank; they remained married until 1998.

Knight, a native French speaker, lived in Brussels until about the time she turned nine. After migrating to the United Kingdom, she was educated at the Lycée Charles de Gaulle school in London and at Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire. She was awarded an exhibition to Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read Modern Languages from 1984-1987, before starting her career in journalism.

In addition to writing for and contributing to major British magazines and newspapers, India Knight writes two weekly columns for "The Sunday Times "; one of these columns (online) is written for parents with children who have special needs, inspired by her daughter who has DiGeorge Syndrome. She is also a regular guest on British radio and television.

After writing an article in "The Sunday Times" about her daughter's special needs, Knight was so inundated with e-mails that in October 2006, she launched a blog about children with special needs "for parents in a similar position to keep in touch, compare notes and help each other". The blog is called [ "Isn't She Talking Yet?"] .

Personal life

Knight lives in London with her children. She has recently separated from her long-term boyfriend, author Andrew O'Hagan, father of her third child, and was previously married to Jeremy Langmead, with whom she has two sons. Langmead is the former editor of Wallpaper* magazine and currently the editor of "Esquire" magazine.



* "My Life on a Plate" 2000
* "Don't You Want Me?" 2002


* "The Shops" 2003
* "The Dirty Bits For Girls", editor 2006
* "Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet" 2007

Children's books

* "The Baby" 2007


External links

* [ India Knight's column in "The Sunday Times"]

Источник: India Knight

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