Synopses & Reviews
Paperback edition of the Booker-shortlisted novel. A savage look at England at the end of the 1980s, the book focuses on Anthony Northleach, a staid marketing man bored with his job and long marriage. Excitement, however, arrives in the form of a south London prostitute whom he accidentally kills. Her death precipitates a living nightmare, which is set to change his life forever. With a combination of satire and sharp writing, Cartwright has captured the spirit of the "have-it-all" decade. A Sceptre title.
Set in London against the background of Nelson Mandela's release, this novel follows a day in the life of Anthony Northleach. He ruminates on his marriage, his work, rugby and politics, until his waking dream turns into a nightmare. This book was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize.