Proofs of Affection

Proofs of Affection

One year in the life of a London Jewish family at a time of great change: Sydney Shelton's business is not doing too well, but he has provided for his future and his worries are not about trade but about his own health and his children. Kitty, Sydney's wife knows how ill he is but they cannot talk about it. Their children, now young adults, openly flout tradition and go against his wishes. What will happen to them if he dies?

With a light satirical touch and great sensitivity, Rosemary Friedman explores the tensions and deeper feelings of a traditional Jewish family in North London. Proofs of Affection, the first in a trilogy, covers a year in the lives of Sydney Shelton, his wife Kitty and their two daughters as they face the pressures of change in a secular society.

'A confident, sensitive and marvellously satisfying novel' The Times

'A classic of its kind' The Standard

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25 Jul 2013
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About the author

  • Rosemary Friedman

    Rosemary Friedman has published 26 titles including 21 novels and 3 non-fiction works which have been translated into several languages and serialised by the BBC. She has published 2 childrens' books and more than 50 short stories. She has written commissioned screenplays (UK & USA) and television scripts including the pilot for 'Shrinks' (Euston Films, Thames Television) screened 1991 and 'Baby Blues' (BBC1 Doctors) screened 2002. Her stage play Home Truths starred Christopher Cazenove, Edward Hardwicke and Lynda Baron and was co-produced by the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford; it toured major UK venues in 1997. Her stage play Change of Heart had its world première at the New End Theatre in 2004. An Eligible Man was premièred at the New End Theatre in May 2008 and in Kielce, Poland, in December 2011. It had a UK commercial tour in April 2012 and will have a further UK tour in 2014.

    Titles by Rosemary Friedman

    A Loving Mistress
    The man who understood women by Rosemary Friedman
    A Writer's Commonplace Book
    The Writing Game