Wives Like Us

Plum Sykes


Take a grand English country house, one (heartbroken) American divorcée, three rich wives, two tycoons, and one (bereaved) butler; put them all into the blender and out comes the impossibly funny Wives Like Us.



ISBN: 9781408888575


Welcome to the rose-strewn county of Oxfordshire and the Cotswold villages of Little Bottom, Middle Bottom, Great Bottom, and Monkton Bottom, recently annexed by a glittering new breed of female: the Country Princess.

Following a ghastly row about a missing suite of diamonds, Tata Hawkins has flounced out of Monkton Bottom Manor with her daughter, Minty, and Executive Butler Ian Palmer in tow, decamping to the Old Coach House to teach her husband, Bryan, a lesson.

But things don’t go to plan: Bryan disappears to Venice with a bikini designer; Selby Fairfax, the glamorous American divorcée who has inherited the beautiful estate next door, refuses Tata’s neighborly overtures; and Tata’s very best friends, Fernanda Ovington-Williams and Sophie Thompson, are distracted by their own heartaches.

Worst of all, Ian has nowhere to store his collection of vintage Gucci loafers.

With the help of a pig farmeress moonlighting as a personal assistant, a male model moonlighting as a stable hand, and a London barrister moonlighting as a gentleman farmer, can Ian restore harmony to the Bottoms?

So wickedly smart, so effortless, so chic and hilarious. Plum Sykes is in a class of her own when it comes to peeling back the layers of status paranoia amongst the poshest of the posh as she delivers a delectable tale that you never want to end’ – Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

The brilliantly satirical new novel that’s got the Cotswolds smart set buzzing with speculation…it may finally be time for Jilly [Cooper] to make way for a new chronicler of Cotswolds life’ – Daily Mail

A fabulous and funny bucolic romp – Plum Sykes does it again’ – Hannah Rothschild, author of The Improbability of Love

Wives Like Us may be set in the most gorgeous English manor house, but I’d happily sleep in the shed if it meant I could tag along with these marvelous characters – Tata, Minty, and their chic and crafty butler’ – Jenny Jackson, author of Pineapple Street

Delightful’ – Vogue

I absolutely adored Wives Like Us, I thought it was so fun and funny, a romp and a riot – and a glorious dollop of much needed escapism’ – Daisy Buchanan

A stiletto-sharp look at the glamorous end of the Cotswolds. I loved it!’ – Katie Fforde

A comedy of manners with an emphasis on the comedy’ – Town & Country

Outrageous Jilly Cooperesque’ – Sunday Times Style

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17 × 8 cm