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An audacious, compassionate state-of-the-nation novel about four strangers whose lives collide with far-reaching consequences.
Beatrice Kizza, a woman in flight from a homeland that condemned her for daring to love, flees to London. There, she shields her sorrow from the indifference of her adopted city, and navigates a night-time world of shift-work and bedsits.
Howard Pink is a self-made millionaire who has risen from Petticoat Lane to the mansions of Kensington on a tide of determination and bluster. Yet self-doubt still snaps at his heels and his life is shadowed by the terrible loss that has shaken him to his foundations.
Carol Hetherington, recently widowed, is living the quiet life in Wandsworth with her cat and The Jeremy Kyle Show for company. As she tries to come to terms with the absence her husband has left on the other side of the bed, she frets over her daughter's prospects and wonders if she'll ever be happy again.
Esme Reade is a young journalist learning to muck-rake and doorstep in pursuit of the elusive scoop, even as she longs to find some greater meaning and leave her imprint on the world.
Four strangers, each inhabitants of the same city, where the gulf between those who have too much and those who will never have enough is impossibly vast. But when the glass that separates Howard's and Beatrice's worlds is shattered by an inexcusable act, they discover that the capital has connected them in ways they could never have imagined.
‘An acutely observed and insightful portrait of contemporary urban life. Audacious, funny and shrewdly telling - written with tremendous confidence and brio’ William Boyd
‘A wise, big-hearted novel. I was utterly caught up in Day's four interweaving lives’ Esther Freud
‘Combines great story-telling with finely detailed characterisation: a literary page-turner’ David Baddiel
‘A beautiful portrait not only of four lives but of a city - London springs vividly to life in this tender, absorbing novel. Elizabeth Day is a wonderful story-teller’ Francesca Segal
‘The four desperate Londoners forge life-changing connections in this ambitious novel. Day's protagonists are rounded and believable, and the big city - in all its maddening, bustling glory - is the unofficial fifth character’ Glamour
‘As a state-of-the-city novel, it's richer than John Lanchester's Capital and less pleased with itself than Ian McEwan's Saturday’ Evening Standard
About the author
Elizabeth Day is the author of three previous novels. Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone, won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. She is also an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for the Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, the Observer, the Mail on Sunday, Vogue, Elle and the Evening Standard.
Journalist and author Day (Home Fires) connects the lives of four Londoners in this tale of grief, hardship, and hope. Sir Howard Pink is a multimillionaire who rose from humble origins but has since lost his way after the disappearance of his 19-year-old daughter, Ada. Beatrice Kizza is one of his maids, a refugee from Uganda. Esme Reade is a young reporter at a weekly paper who has not yet lost her empathy for her subjects and is assigned to interview Howard. And Carol Hetherington is a widow, slowly learning to live her life without her husband Derek, who makes a discovery that inextricably binds her to Howard. The ways in which Day brings this ensemble together is both surprising and rewarding. Through standout prose, including some brilliant imagery, she uses her characters and situations to describe a London that reveals "all its grubby glamor, all its twisted secrets and oozing promise of possibility."