Mutton by India Knight


“Clara Hutt is forty-six years old, and in pretty good nick, considering. She has kick-ass underwear, a large and loving family, and a healthy sense of what matters in life. Until Gaby moves in.

Gaby’s an old school friend of Clara’s who has just returned from LA. She may be a yoga mogul who lives off kale, and speaks a made-up fantasy novel language, but Gaby’s no stranger to cosmetic surgery: she’s almost fifty, but looks thirty-six at most.

What with Gaby, and Clara’s son’s leggy girlfriend, Sky, wafting around the house in her stripy pants, Clara starts to wonder if a little Botox, a little filler, a nip and a tuck, would be so very wrong. Should she ignore the fear? Or is there another way to grow old gracefully – and how far is she prepared to go to find out?”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.

The prologue was a funny list of things that Clara had began to do as a result of her age (46), I have to admit that there were a few things on the list that I do already and I’m only 31!  When her friend Gaby returned from LA looking younger than ever, Clara was intrigued and this was the influencing factor in her decision to discover more about cosmetic surgery.

I found the cosmetic surgery side of the story fascinating and eye-opening, especially reading about some of the processes and after-effects.  Although Clara was older than me I still found that I was able to connect with some of her feelings about growing older and motherhood etc.

The storyline didn’t pull me in as I hoped it would but it was enjoyable – I particularly liked the conversational writing style and hint of randomness that ran throughout the book.

This was a fun, honest read that dealt with an interesting subject.


India Knight is the author of three previous novels: My Life on a Plate, Don’t You Want Me and Comfort and Joy.  Her non-fiction books include The Shops, the bestselling diet book Neris and India’s Idiot-Proof Diet, the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India’s Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook and The Thrift Book.  India is a columnist for the Sunday Times and lives in London with her three children.


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