Jane Palmer


First published by The Women’s Press Limited 1985

This edition published by Dodo Books

Copyright Jane Palmer 2010

This is a work of fiction and any resemblance

to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Dedicated to the memory of

Ros de Lanerolle



I would like to acknowledge the assistance of astronomer Heather Couper,

for whose advice on certain passages I am indebted


But hot flushes can be very embarrassing,’ insisted Diana with a sincerity only the most stubborn of men could have doubted. Unfortunately Dr Spalding was one of those men. However charming, sympathetic and good with children he might have been, his biology would never allow him to comprehend what Diana was talking about.

Although he was stubborn, it was with a genuine concern for Diana’s welfare that he assured her, ‘But Hormone Replacement Therapy can have very unpleasant side effects, my dear. I’ve heard of some women losing their fingernails and others being stuck with headaches for weeks on end - and do you really want to go on having periods until you’re past seventy?’

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