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Shelf life: Looking at secular books

Dexter and Emma had a one-night stand on the last day of their university careers, July 15 1989. Emma is a working-class girl: earnest, hard-working and not a little chippy. Dexter is a public-school educated charmer who changes his girlfriends almost as often as he changes his sheets.

Secular Shelf Life Sarah Allen

By David Nicholls
Hodder & Stoughton. 436 pages. £12.99
ISBN 978-0-340-89696-9