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Heartburn by Nora Ephron

I've just realised this is the third book I've read in about a month that was recommended by a guest on BBC Radio 4's A Good Read - this time by journalist Sali Hughes, whose own books, Pretty Honest and Pretty Iconic, I have previously reviewed.

Heartburnis a short novel by the late Nora Ephron and is essentially a fictionalised account of the breakdown of her second marriage after her husband's infidelity. It's hard to say whether I would have enjoyed this book as much had I not known that in reality the husband was Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein and his mistress was Margaret Jay, daughter of Prime Minister James Callaghan and wife of the British ambassador to the United States, who then went on to return to the UK and become a politician; I suspect probably not if I'm being entirely honest. Anyway: in Heartburn, screenwriter Ephron becomes food writer Rachel, Carl becomes Mark and Margaret becomes Thelma, but it's impossible not to picture them as th…

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