When I was younger, about six-seven years old, the TV programmes on Romanian channels (or should I say channel) were not very attractive. Everyone watched the same shows simply for the fact that it was the only thing on TV. Thus, I spend a good part of my childhood watching shows like Beverly Hills or Melrose Place.
Hampstead Fever, by writer Carol Cooper, put me in the same mindset: a lot of people with lots of connections between them.
To summarise in a few words, the book follows the different and common lives of seven characters. Dan and Laure, the young parents with intimate issues, Geoff, the divorced doctor, Karen, the divorced mother of four, Harriet, the writer who tries to make a living and find love, Sanjay, the cancer survivor and Daisy, the mystery.
The story follows each of them, every chapter being presented from a character’s point of view. The action of the book flows and entwines the lives of the seven characters, giving you the whole picture, building it like a puzzle.
For me the best parts of the book where the feel of London and Hampstead, the little insights in Sanjay’s musical tastes (his story was well punctuated by the music he listens to), in Dan’s work as a chef, in Geoff’s trouble with the NHS system, things that help shape the characters and make you understand their actions.
If you have a lazy afternoon ahead of you, and you’re looking for an easy, pleasant read, I recommend you pick up a copy of Hampstead Fever by Carol Cooper.