Synopsis It is the summer of 1983, and young Nick Guest, an innocent in the matters of politics and money, has moved into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: Gerald, an ambitious new Tory MP, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their children Toby and Catherine. Nick had idolized Toby at Oxford, but in his London life it will be the troubled Catherine who becomes his friend and his uneasy responsibility. At the boom years of the mid-80s unfold, Nick becomes caught up in the Feddens’ world.
In an era of endless possibility, Nick finds himself able to pursue his own private obsession, with beauty – a prize as compelling to him as power and riches are to his friends.
Bookclub Review We has a clear divide within our group as some of our members viewed this book as complicated, arrogant and long winded. Some of our other bookclub member viewed the book as richly textured and emotionally charged. However one thing we all agreed on was, that Hollinghurst is a talented author. He captured London under the reign of Thatcher, homosexuality in the 80’s and the fear of aids extemely well.