Not Funny, Not Clever


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Not Funny, Not Clever

By Jo Verity

"witty and intelligent… AND a page turner. This is a book that you put down with regret and reach for with relish every chance you get. Verity has a way with characters and situations that you recognise as very close to home." Steve Dube, Western Mail

Fiction, Novels



He was looking at her, she could feel it, but kept

her eyes on the horizon.

"It's okay, you know', he said.

'What is?'

He skimmed her leg with his finger-tips. 'This is'


Two middle-aged women, one handsome tv star and three hormonal teenagers - all stuck in the middle of a heatwave and with nothing planned. Elizabeth was hoping for a week of idle chatter and cold white wine, not being minder to a hoodie.  Diane for an answer to a puzzling and difficult dilemma from her personal agony aunt and not being preached at.  … Jordan, well, he certainly wasn't planning on spending a sizzling week with a woman almost old enough to be his gran. But that's life and now they've all got to make the best of it. A week can be a flash in the pan or a lifetime, depending on how you look at it....


Jo Verity is a Richard and Judy Short Story Award Winner


"Jo Verity's fourth novel takes a long, hard look at the unique topography of mid-life – its constraints, compromises and consolations. Verity's psychological perspicacitry shines through once more."
Suzy Ceulan Hughes,

"It's a great story ... I'd certainly like to thank Honno for sending this book to the Bookbag" Sue Magee,

ISBN: 9781906784249
Language: English
Categories: Fiction, Novels
First Published by Honno: 17th March 2011

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