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 character?
6. The battle between Sally and Tony culminates in a courtroom scene. What other devices does the author use to make the novel suspenseful?