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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446420454
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

No Telling

Adam Thorpe's finest novel since ULVERTON- and his most commercial

NO TELLING, Adam Thorpe's fifth novel, is set in 1968 in the Parisian suburbs and narrated by twelve- year- old Gilles as he approaches his First Communion, puberty, and some sense of the chaos around him. His home is deeply dysfunctional: a dithering mother, a hard- drinking, womanising uncle who becomes his stepfather, and an older sister, Carole- an unbalanced revolutionary who hasn't danced her ballet steps since the death of their real father in 1960. Gilles is blithely unaware that any of this is out of the ordinary, as he and his friend Christophe try and piece together a world from fragments of rumour and hushed adult conversation. There is a deeper trauma here, however, far more shocking than anything Gilles could have dreamt of- a mystery it will take the events of the novel and eight years to resolve. Set against a backdrop of a turbulent France- as it lurches from rural piety, and a hundred years of terrible history, to a hurried modernity- Adam Thorpe has written a tour- de- force of compassion, humour and storytelling brilliance, seen through the eyes of an adolescent boy. Culminating in the Paris riots of May '68, NO TELLING is a thrilling and beautifully observed study of a boy's bewildered innocence and slowly dawning understanding in a world of open revolt and buried secrets.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446420454
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

About the Author

Adam Thorpe

Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, Ulverton, appeared in 1992 and he has published two books of stories and ten further novels, most recently Missing Fay (2017), and six poetry collections.


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Praise for No Telling

“From its first page, you're aware that you are in the presence of a writer with exceptional gifts...by the final one, you know he has created a masterpiece”

Sunday Times

“Prodigiously rich and allusive... In Adam Thorpe, English lives again”

John Fowles

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