A group of friends, a few bottles of wine and a good book. What could be better? The women who form the Reading Group are as varied as the books they choose to read: Designer-clad Nicole has the perfect domestic set-up - apart from a serially unfaithful husband. Her best friend Harriet's husband is perfect; but Harriet just doesn't love him any more. Clare is desperate for a baby - and is wrecking her marriage in the process, while Cressida is terrified she's pregnant. Susan is watching her mother's sad, slow decline, comforted by her family; Polly wants to marry again, but will Jack cope with hers? Can they find the answers in the pages of a good book?