Clare Chamber's first job after reading English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford, was working for Diana Athill at Andre Deutsch. Clare's first novel UNCERTAIN TERMS was published by Diana at Andre Deutsch in 1992 and she is the author of five other novels. SMALL PLEASURES is her first work of fiction in ten years.
Clare Chambers is that rare thing, a novelist of discreet hilarity, deep compassion and stiletto wit whose perspicacious account of suburban lives with their quiet desperation and unexpected passion makes her the 21st century heir to Jane Austen, Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor. Small Pleasures is both gripping and a huge delight. - Amanda Craig, author of THE LIE OF THE LAND Small Pleasures is a gorgeous treat of a novel: the premise is fascinating, the characters beautifully drawn, the period setting masterfully evoked, and the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns. And oh, the finale broke my heart. I just couldn't put this novel down. - Laura Barnett, #1 bestselling author of THE VERSIONS OF US A delicious mystery and a touching exploration of loneliness and desire in cloying 1950s suburbia. - Sally Magnusson, author of THE SEALWOMAN'S GIFT