Review: A Better Man by Leah McLaren

Leah McLaren's A Better Man







There has been so much in the press recently about calculating husband’s misleading courts about their assets in divorce courts in the UK. Leah McLaren’s second novel, A Better Man is a searing insight into one modern marriage where the husband coolly and coldly calculates that by improving his behaviour his wife will be likely to receive less in a divorce settlement.

Not sure if McLaren  realised how prescient  this novel would be, but great timing. Nick is a bored, dissatisfied schemer who has everything on paper but is as shallow as water dripping onto their smart kitchen work surface. Maya, his wife is an obsessive nurturing mother who is isolated after leaving her role as a family lawyer to concentrate on bringing up their children. Her skills as a lawyer come in handy when she finds out Nick’s improved behaviour is part of a strategy to leverage as much money from the divorce as possible.

This an incisive, well-written novel dissecting a modern marriage.  Told mainly from Nick’s perspective the novel illustrates how you can have all the money in the world but it ain’t necessarily going to make you happy or satisfied.

A Better Man by Leah McLaren is available to buy online and at all good bookshops RRP £7.99

This novel was reviewed as part of the BritMums Book Club. All views are my own.

6 Responses to "Review: A Better Man by Leah McLaren"

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  1. Kate Holmes

    November 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I have seen this before where a writer publishes a book and then it is almost as if the world wakes up and the topic covered becomes very real and relevant.
    I love your insight and the use of the word “dissecting” is spot on. Scarily so.
    I like you point about what really makes us happy and recently wrote a post about how although I am not wealthy at all, I am very rich in other ways

    • ella

      November 10, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Kate. I think there are so many ways to be rich in life and most of them are not linked to money. I’ll be over to read your post shortly. Jac

  2. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    November 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    It is a timely book. I hadn’t spotted that. It is interesting that everyone gets something different from the book, judging by all the reviews.

    • ella

      November 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

      You’re right. It’s generated a range of views from reviewers.

  3. Rebecca Beesley (The Beesley Buzz)

    November 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    a great review of the book really highlighting the relevance and the key points. I love that you haven’t given away any spoilers either. x

    • ella

      November 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks so much x


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