author, Celia Brayfield, launched her new book 'Mister
Fabulous and Friends' last night at Waterstone's in
Jane Martin and Graham Seed
(Nigel Pargeter in the Archers) discuss the latest storylines
normally sedate upstairs at Waterstone's was filled with local
luminaries congratulating Celia on her latest book and catching
up with local gossip.
Fabulous and Friends' examines how 5 men who play in a band
meet their mid-life crises.
novel is based in the fictional suburb of Westwick, a place
that bears a startling resemblance to Chiswick.
Chloe Brayfield and Anne Ashworth
funny and moving, the book is a good read with the added piquancy
of trying to match of the characters and locations with people
and places in Chiswick.
florist Pot Pourri features quite prominently in the novel
with no disguise whatsoever as does the line of beautiful
turn-of-the-century houses along Heathfield Terrace.
characters also own a decorating business specialising in
French antiques which sounded slightly similar to the shop
that used to sell Provencal fabrics near the Chiswick restaurant.
achieved the near impossible when reading an extract from
'Mister Fabulous ...' of making the M4 slip-road to Heathrow
with its scary view of jet underbellies overhead appear almost
poetic. The M4 in fact proves pivotal in two of the characters
Celia reads an extract
would be impossible to identify the main characters as any
particular Chiswick residents but they are recognisable as
Chiswick 'types' in both their employments and their houses.
Brayfield is a single parent with one daughter. She attended
St. Paul's Girl's school before breaking into journalism.
'Mister Fabulous and Friends' is her eighth novel.