Mark and Claire seem an ideal couple. He is an accountant, she the daughter of a successful businessman. They live in a comfortable middle-class village in Surrey. When the novel opens they are giving a garden party to celebrate their daughter's baptism. During the party their son Jeremy is knocked down on the road outside when chasing after an escaped rabbit. He survives, but to all intents as a vegetable. Unable to speak, only grunt, incontinent, spoon-fed and propped up each day in front of a television. The once ideal ...

The Clematis Tree 2001, George Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London

ISBN-13: 9780297645726