…a great page turner
If you are looking for one of those books which you can sit back and relax with, letting the story unfold then this is the story for you.
James is in his first year at Oxford and feels out of place until he meets, the sympathetic, Jess who introduces him to a world of friendship he always felt distant from. At a party in an Oxford mansion he meets the owner, Mark, a flamboyant student who treats life as one big party. Mark’s family fortune means his generosity can stop reality from entering his house where he invites Jess, James and a small circle of friends to live in. Only once graduation the cracks begin to show on their sheltered lives, which has consequences for everyone.
Alderman is a great story teller and she really captures the sense of long uni summer’s, drink fulled parties and all the mixed feelings of life in the real world.
With strong themes of religion and sexuality this story echoes of Brideshead Revisited if not a distinctively more modern version. What is certain is that award winning writer Alderman can not only tell a compelling story but will leave you wanting more.
Great book for summer reading.