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A deeply satisfying novel of sibling rivalry, sexuality and spirituality.

Breaking a long silence Oliver, a young Englishman, writes to his elder brother, Patrick. Oliver, the idealistic younger brother is living in a Hindu Monastery and has decided to take his final monastic vows. Patrick, a successful, long-married publisher, newly in love with a boy in Los Angeles, decides to visit Oliver to persuade him not renounce the world.

First published in 1967, A Meeting by the River exposes the complex rivalries of sibling relationships and dramatises the conflict between sexuality and spirituality.


The classical opposition between the good brother and the bad one convinces… you believe in them


A radiant novel of mystical devotion and worldly desire by a master of English prose

Chicago Tribune

Brilliant, vital, challenging . . . very strange and very lovely

Book Week

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  • Paperback


    January 16, 2013

    Vintage Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook


    November 1, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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