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