After last month's book club book, anything would have been an improvement - this certainly was. I'd heard a lot about this, people ravaing about it as one of the best books they'd ever read, so it always had a lot to live up to. And i can see why it was popular, but parts of it jarred for me, and I just couldn't get over those bits and let it suck me in. Narrated by Robert Merivel, a bit of a good for nothing dandy that thrived at the court of Charles II, it tells of his rise from obscurity to court favourite and marriage to the King's mistress, and his subsequent misadventures. Parts of it were great, but as soon as he came back into the court circle, it just felt horribly contrived to me. The ending was curiously un satisfying for this same reason. i probably would read something else by her, but I'm not sure I'd reead this again.