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A brilliant novel about money and love, on betting everything on a single throw, by one of Britain’s most acclaimed, award-winning young writers.

‘This presumably being the fact that he was in love with her. Or thought he was. Or said he was. Or said he thought he was…'

James and Katherine meet at a wedding in London. It is January 2006, towards the end of the money-for-nothing years, and James is a man with a varied past – entrepreneur, estate agent, film producer, horse-racing tipster, former dot com millionaire – now living alone in a flat in Bloomsbury. Separated from her husband, a successful paparazzo, Katherine is working at an interim job in a luxury hotel. Taken with each other, they exchange phone numbers at the wedding, but from then on not much goes according to the script.

Narrated from several different perspectives, Spring is a kaleidoscopic and complex portrait of a relationship, of contemporary England, and of the ebb and flow of money. Instantly recognisable and unbearably real, it is a love story unlike any you will have read.


Spring confirms that [Szalay] is a writer with the whole range of talents... Often outstanding

Theo Tait, Sunday Times

A brave and intelligent novel... This is one of those books that leaves you not only with admiration for the novelist, but also with a sense of wonder about the precision of the novel form itself

Chris Cleave, Guardian

A texture of truthfulness quite unlike that of any other fiction about London that I know...a very beautifully poised novel

David Sexton, Evening Standard

The forensic scrutiny of every aspect of a fledgling relationship, from both points of view, is one of the many delights of Spring... Devastatingly powerful...also extremely funny, in that understated, unexpected way that makes you burst into sudden noise in public places and alarm those around you. Szalay's dialogue is pithy and sharp; his peripheral characters lip-smackingly delicious

Leyla Sanai, Independent on Sunday

The lives of two disconsolately unfulfilled people start to blaze, thanks to Szalay's often brutal honesty...formidable ear for dialogue - which transforms the most mundane exchanges into comedy, a la Mike Leigh - and seductively sensuous descriptions

Siobhan Murphy, Metro

A brave venture...psychologically realistic

Melissa McClements, Financial Times

A sharp, truthful, funny portrait of contemporary manners that is also unexpectedly moving

Kate Saunders, The Times

Highly unusual in its realism and astuteness about the way we live now...in its understated way, a very beautifully poised novel

David Sexton, Scotsman

Szalay is certainly a writer to look out for... The writer [he] most puts me in mind of is a young Julian Barnes


Szalay is immensely talented... [he] gets everything right: the atmosphere, the suspense, the inner lives of his characters. Absolutely superb

William Leith, Evening Standard

Spring confirms that [Szalay] is a writer with the whole range of talents... Often outstanding

Theo Tait, Sunday Times

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    March 15, 2012


    272 pages

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    March 15, 2011

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