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'Judge Savage is a work of tremendous learning and subtlety' Observer

Promoted young to the position of Crown Court Judge- because of his ability, because of the political convenience of promoting a man with coloured skin- it's time for Daniel Savage to settle down. Perhaps his marriage is happy enough after all. Teenage children require a father's attention. His career demands the most responsible behaviour. Day by day Judge Savage presides over those whose double lives have been exposed. He must be above suspicion. But why does his daughter refuse to move to their spacious new house? Why does a young Korean woman keep phoning him to beg for help? As the most tangled lives are ironed out in court, Daniel Savage's own existence descends into a mess of violence and confusion. English society has fragmented into an incomprehensible public gallery where every face conceals a different culture. And those with whom we have the greatest intimacy are suddenly the most frighteningly mysterious.

Reviews

The world that Parks evokes is densely textured, a patchwork or memories, desires and declarations that brilliantly captures the complexity of consciousness

Sunday Times

A dashing mixture of thriller, social comedy and dysfunctional family saga. A virtuoso piece, a tour de force, highly enjoyable

Spectator

A grimly effecting novel of adultery and family disintegration-A brilliant, even contentious, novel of bleak humour and undeniable power

Evening Standard

Parks is a master of emotional complexity

Sunday Telegraph

A book for our times. A moving, important novel

Irish Independent

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    9781409040668

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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  • Judge Savage
    Tim Parks

    Paperback

    9780099445043

    August 2, 2004

    Vintage

    448 pages

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