1. In the interview Kennedy says he doesn't find it hard to
write from the female perspective. How successful do you think he
is at describing Sally's emotional state?
2. It's clear from the beginning that Sally enjoys the
challenges and stresses of working as a war correspondent. Do you
feel that her character in any way contributes to what happens to
her? Do you like her?
3. How is London characterised in the novel? Can you see this
happening elsewhere, or does the British character contribute to
Sally's sense of isolation? Do you feel his depictions of the
subsidiary characters to be realistic?
4. At the beginning of the book Sally's world is a series of
far-flung foreign hotspots, and it swiftly narrows to a house in
Putney with a baby she feels nothing for. How does the structure of
the novel reflect Sally's experiences?
5. Tony is depicted as an out-and-out villain. Do you feel he
has any redeeming features? Does this make him a realistic
6. The battle between Sally and Tony culminates in a courtroom
scene. What other devices does the author use to make the novel