Freud has drawn her characters with great affection and her light touch ensures that a tone of brave sweetness is maintained throughout… This is the spirit which makes Peerless Flats so touching and enjoyable a novel.’
Sixteen-year-old Lisa has high hopes for her first year in London. But squeezed into a temporary council flat with her bohemian mother and a little brother obsessed with foxes, she is not off to the best start. Ambitious to be more like her elusive, glamorous sister, Ruby, who lives life to the full, Lisa trails through the city, dabbling with drugs and romance, and refusing to lose faith in her belief that something fantastic will happen to mark the rest of her life.
‘Esther Freud has a deft and gentle comic touch, and her writing is full of wisdom about the disappointing ways of the world – as well as they happy resilience of the hopeful. Her characters are wonderfully drawn… A novel of indisputable charm.’
New York Times Book Review.