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Desperate Housewives meets Six Feet Under in this brilliantly moving and darkly comic vel, which charts the attempts of dying heroine Delia - a modern day Mrs Beeton - to prepare her family for the future and lay to rest a ghost from her past. Delia Bennet has made a living writing a series of hugely successful modern household guides, with advice on everything from laundry to lovers. The one thing she hasn't ever given advice on is her own situation: barely forty but dying. To prepare her family, she tries everything from writing lists to teaching her daughters to make the perfect cup of tea. What she really needs is a household guide: the kind she is expert at writing. She sets to work. But the writing forces Delia to confront painful ghosts from her past. there is a journey she needs to make, and one last vital thing she must do...
Debra Adelaide has worked as a researcher, editor and book reviewer, and has a PhD from the University of Sydney. She is now a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has three children and several chickens.