When We Were Bad
Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction
'As intelligent as it is funny. A beautifully observed literary comedy as well as a painfully accurate description of one big old family mess. A joy' - Observer
In North London, Claudia Rubin is in her heyday. Wife, mother, rabbi - and sometimes moral voice of the nation - everyone wants to be with her at her son Leo's glorious wedding. That is until Leo bolts and the gleaming bubble surrounding the Rubins threatens to burst.
Frances - Claudia's calm, mature, married daughter - tries to hold the nucleus of the family together, but the stress forces her to re-examine her own life, leading her to make a decision as shocking as Leo's.
And Claudia's husband, Norman, has an uncharacteristic secret, the imminent unveiling of which he is powerless to stop . . .
When We Were Bad is a spellbinding, witty and poignant portrayal of a family in crisis, in love, and in denial.
'A comedy with the warmest of hearts and the most deliciously subversive of agendas' - Marie Claire
'Fast-paced and engaging. Brilliant, touching and true' - Naomi Alderman, bestselling author of The Power
As intelligent as it is funny. A beautifully observed literary comedy as well as a painfully accurate description of one big old family mess. A joy
Viv Groskop, The Observer
Fast-paced and engaging. Brilliant, touching and true
Naomi Alderman, Women's Prize-winning author of The Power
A dazzling portrait of a family in crisis