On the outside, celebrity chef Freya's life appears to be picture-perfect, with her grand new house, wonderful children and attentive husband, Dan. But beneath her positive exterior, Freya is crippled with self-doubt, convinced she will never be enough for her blended family, especially when Dan's model ex-wife Elisa comes back into their lives. Cathy Kelly shines an insightful light on female insecurity and, through Freya's journey, shows the healing power of self-belief and family support.
"One Booker shortlist later, Galley Beggar were proved correct. Ellmann’s novel isn’t perfect, and it may not take the prize, but in a world where Ian McEwan is still at large, something introspective and richly painted is a tonic for us all...."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.25 out of 5