That’s cheating! Author turns female infidelity upside down

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That’s cheating! Author turns female infidelity upside down

Women do have affairs, we just don't like to talk about it, says Mary Loudon

Rowan Pelling

“Is it still infidelity if nobody lies?”

This is the provocative strapline on the cover of Mary Loudon’s first novel, My House is Falling Down. It’s also the question that will keep book clubs enthralled all year.

Loudon’s genius lies in knowing that, in the 21st century, an adulterous female is no longer particularly shocking. But a woman who confesses her love affair to her husband – from the first perilous text exchanges to the inevitable physical engagement – may be scandalous at best, a pariah at worst...

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