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Publisher Description

Now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.

Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.

Fiction & Literature
August 4
Random House

Customer Reviews

Unhappymom2 ,

A slow starter that became a real page turner

A little slow to start, this book soon became a real page turner. Starting with the disjointed ramblings of memory it’s difficult to understand how the author will make the story compelling, but compelling it became. A thoroughly good book.

Mouthful of rotting crockery ,

I just don't get it, either

Hmm, bit of a weird one this. On the one hand there's some great humour and on the other hand there's the no sense of an ending.
I felt pretty thick and frustrated after finishing the book, though having perused a relevant blog it seems like that's fairly common.
It's a shame really because it felt like the book was gaining momentum and tension towards the end. And then to just scatter that tension into opaque ambiguity . . . I felt unrest. I felt great unrest.

Giddsy ,


... all the way to the end; superbly written, perfectly paced, thoroughly engaging. Brilliant stuff.

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