For Richard and Sarah, leaving the rat-race of London for the sleepy village of Worth feels like a dream come true. But their new life isn’t quite as idyllic as it first seems. The cottage is tiny and the neighbours are excruciating. Soon they find themselves reverse-commuting back to London on the weekends, just to be with people they like. Then Catherine moves in next door. Smart, sophisticated, beautiful Catherine seems like the answer to their prayers. But will their new best friend turn out to be their enemy?
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He is arguably the finest comic novelist working in Britain today. Indeed, he may just be the finest comic anything working in Britain right now... Canter's prose is achingly funny...it is also vital, acute, literary and oddly moving. - Independent
Brilliantly good - so precise and well-observed and witty, and also one of the few books I've ever read that manages to be both tense and funny -
Hilarious... Smart, confident and, in places, eye wateringly upfront - Sunday Times
Powered by Jon Canter's sharp and original wit and his constantly fizzing prose...an acute and very funny novel about the perils of rural life and of falling a little bit in love with your next-door neighbour - Daily Mail
As an advertisement for either urban or rural living among self-satisfied characters, Worth is a toe-curling horror story; as a cheeky and well-directed poke in said characters' eyes, it's a winner - Independent on Sunday
Canter is a sympathetic writer and one with a keen eye and ear for the absurd. There are sentences on almost every page which raise a smile - Scotsman
With shades of Mike Leigh's Another Year, it's a consistently funny skewering of middle-class clichés with memorable characters and a dark twist - Shortlist
It's set in my favourite place (Suffolk) and I opened it at random, read a page and laughed - Daily Telegraph
A darkly comic read that's perfect for anyone considering chucking in city life and starting afresh - Sport Magazine
The author's comic take on the gap between his characters' aspirations and their shortfall makes for hilarious, snappy reading... A sermon on the perils of the rural dream, it will have estate agents blanching. But as a robust and sharp piece of fiction, it is smart, confident and, in places, eye wateringly upfront - Sunday Times
Jon Canter is hilarious and self-deprecating, a wonderful, wise and witty writer - Helen Fielding
Jon Canter is a North London Woody Allen - Independent
Canter is a sharp writer with a wickedly dry wit - Metro
Hilarious…every page contains a joke - Independent
Metropolitan media types transplanted to Suffolk provides fertile ground for Canter’s third hilarious novel…every page contains a joke - Independent
Jon Canter is the author of two previous novels, Seeds of Greatness and A Short Gentleman, both of them adapted for BBC Radio 4. He has also written stand-up comedy, TV and radio scripts for many of Britain's most prominent comedians, and comment pieces for the Guardian.