It’s Eleanor who starts the Friday nights. From her window she sees two young women, with small children, separate, struggling and plainly lonely – and decides to ask them in, and see what happens. What happens is that a group gradually forms, a group of six different and disparate women, who become a circle of friends. They range in age from Jules, who is twenty-two and wants to be a DJ, to Eleanor herself, who is a retired professional and walks with a stick. They include one wife, three mothers, three singletons and five working women. They all of them, variously, value Friday nights. And then one of them meets a man – an enigmatic significant man – and the whole dynamic changes. The bonds that have been so closely forged are tested – and some of them break. With wit and warmth, Joanna Trollope explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of modern friendship.