Books - All She Wants by Jonathan Harvey

Playwright, television screenwriter and now, novelist – Jonathan Harvey shows his prodigious talent again with this poignant story of Jodie McGee, soap actress, borderline alcoholic and unlucky-in-love local girl done good. Her unplanned, adventurous life is detailed in flashback, with great aplomb, wit and understanding.

The supporting characters in this modern parable are equally believable; gay brother ‘Our Joey’, schoolmates Hayls and Debs, school crush, lover and ex-husband Greg, disturbingly violent lover Stuart, and most importantly, Jodie’s mother.

Harvey’s love of Northern women and gay characters, not unlike his television characters in Coronation Street or Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, are never stereotypical, but funny and formidable, and although you may feel Jodie, her mum and her brother could be caricatures, Harvey has invested a sense of pride and fortitude in them all.

All She Wants is a wonderful debut from a writer who is sure to just get better.

Rating: 8/10