A novel on money, gambling and love by one of Britain’s most promising young writers.
James and Katherine are at a wedding in London. They spend a while watching and waiting. Speak. Exchange phone numbers. Meet up the following week… From then on not everything goes to plan. It is the 1990s, the end of the money-for-nothing years. James is a man with a varied past – entrepreneur, gambler, film producer, former dot com millionaire – now living alone in Bloomsbury. Katherine is married, but separated, working at an interim job in a city hotel.
The relationship is beset with difficulties from the beginning, both external and of their own making. They are distracted: James with the latest in a long line of schemes, drawing him into the world of gambling and horse racing, Katherine by her husband, a photographer and paparazzo, who has suddenly reappeared.
Narrated from different perspectives and at different times by both James and Katherine, and by a series of peripheral characters, March 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.
“It is unsettling the way David Szalay seems to utterly inhabit his characters in Spring, told through multiple points of view, with the same events seen anew by a different set of eyes”