'Few writers think and talk to beguilingly. This book is wonderfully funny. And intelligent. And moving' Independent on Sunday
Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011
Shy, sensible banker Stuart has trouble with women; that is, until a fortuitous singles night, where he meets Gillian, a picture restorer recovering from a destructive affair. Stuart's best friend Oliver is his complete opposite - a language teacher who 'talks like a dictionary', brash and feckless. Soon Stuart and Gillian are married, but it is not long before a tentative friendship between the three evolves into something far different.
Talking it Over is a brilliant and intimate account of love's vicissitudes. It begins as a comedy of misunderstanding, then slowly darkens and deepens, drawing us compellingly into the quagmires of the heart.
“Few writers think and talk so beguilingly. This book is wonderfully funny. An intelligent. And moving”
Independent on Sunday
“Quick-silver clever and allusive”
“'Scintillating... It's funny, quick on the draw, and know when to soften the gaze. It reads so smoothly, the pages seem to flip themselves”
“A writer of rare intelligence. He catches the detail of contemporary life with an uncanny forensic skill... He is, as always, a superb ironist, a connoisseur of middling, muddling, modern England”
London Review of Books
“A wonderfully wistful and funny novel”
“The author is not merely a dazzling entertainer, he is a no-nonsense moralist as well, and is as dextrous with the darker elements of betrayal and pain as with the farcical mechanics of love and clashing temperament”