What would you do if you suddenly inherited £17,000,000? An entertaining and poignant story of betrayal and redemption from one of our most-respected writers.
Andy Larkham is late. He is due at the funeral of his favourite school teacher, who once told him: ‘It’s hard work being anyone.’ It’s especially hard for Andy – stuck in a dead-end job, terminally short of cash and with a fiancée who is about to ditch him. When the funeral leads to unexpected consequences, Andy has to ask himself: how far will he go to change his life?
From early-twentieth-century Turkey to modern day London, Nicholas Shakespeare takes us on an extraordinary journey that explores the temptations of unexpected wealth, the secrets of damaged families and the price of being true to oneself. At once a love story spanning many decades and a tragedy of betrayal and missed opportunities, it is a romance for our times.
“One of our best and truest novelists”
Louis de BerniÃ¨res, Sunday Times
“Thoughtful and beautifully observed... Never predictable, this novel combines a remarkable narrative force with the lightest of touches. A book to savour and pass on”
“Utterly absorbing and enjoyable...a romance which moves with assurance from wild improbability to a reconciliation with things as they may truly be”
“Completely riveting and very funny indeed. Shakespeare at his empathetic best, as he mines the fragile seam of our desire to be loved for who we are”
“A tremendous and captivating writer”
“So full of surprises that even to start describing it you have to give a few away...compelling”
“A novel of scintillating brilliance... a modern myth of good and evil... Gripping”
“A dissection of the emotional fissures that tear families apart”
Mail on Sunday
“A sort of historical treatise follows, one that is devoid of the kind of colourful details which abound in stereotypical lottery daydreams, but which nevertheless endears the reader to Andy and his cause, and sets up an enticing conclusion'”
Sunday Business Post
“The novel...is thoughtful and beautifully written, examining lost lives, chances and choices'”