Jenny lives with Eric and Martin
The story describes a few days in the life of a five-year-old named Jenny, her father, Eric, and his boyfriend Martin who lives with them. Jenny's mother Karen lives nearby and often visits the household.
The book covers such small adventures as:
- Jenny, Eric and Martin going to the laundrette together
- Jenny, Martin and Karen preparing a surprise birthday party for Eric
- Eric and Martin having a small quarrel and making up
- A woman expressing homophobic disgust when passing the family in the street. This is the subject of a later discussion between Eric and Jenny.
In 1986 various newspapers reported that a copy of the book was provided in the library of a school run by the Labour-controlled Inner London Education Authority. The resulting controversy made a major contribution towards the then Conservative administration's subsequent passing of the controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988', which forbade the "promotion" of homosexuality by local government.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2000/jan/31/booksforchildrenandteenagers.features11 Interview with the author. The Guardian, 31 January 2000.