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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (2004-10-05)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 1582345082 / 9781582345086
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 241792
THIS TITLE WON THE 2004 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
“lavish novel about a young gay man negotiating the confusions, delights and horrors of life in Thatcherite Britain in the mid-1980's”
Sarah Lyall (The New York Times)
“The search for love, sex and beauty is rarely this exquisitely done. (...) Exciting, brilliantly written and gets deep under the skin of the Thatcherite 80's.”
Chairman of the Man Booker Prize judges' panel
In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby-whom Nick had idolized at Oxford-and Catherine, highly critical of her family's assumptions and ambitions.
As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in the world of politics and money, finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family. His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty, a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly comic, this U.K. bestseller is a major work by one of our finest writers.
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