Martha is a petite and fragile woman, a battered wife and borderline alcoholic who shocked her friends (and readers of my novel CONDITIONS) when she took her philandering husband Clive back . She turned out to be a popular figure with my readers and that warranted her more central role in CONDITIONED.
Martha seems in denial of her situation and on a stubborn mission to find social acceptance through her (forced) attendance at Catherine’s wedding. Clive, her husband, has been behaving well and she feels it is time that people moved on from their prejudices and accepted her and her relationship.
Does a Leopard like Clive ever change his spots?
Can their co-dependent relationship flourish against the odds?
Or will she have to break free from her chains?
I picture her a little like Julianne Moore. An attractive woman with a range of emotions, fragile and strong alike, loud and quiet. I’m sure JM would be able to play that kind of complex role in her sleep.
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CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.
CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.
CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.
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When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.