Paedophilia is one of the last social taboos. In Dream Children, A
N Wilson examines the subject dispassionately through the
self-justifying eyes of a fusty 50-year-old academic. Bored and
listless after abandoning his academic post, he runs to ground with
a Muswell Hill salon hostess. Ruthlessly, as he charms his
fluttering coterie of elderly and lesbian admirers, he lays a
subtle snare for his victim, ten-year-old Bobs. Sinister, dark and
morally ambivalent. (Kirkus UK)
Oliver Gold is a reclusive philosopher living in a household of females. The announcement of his marriage to a young woman of whom they have never heard causes inevitable surprise and alarm. He has been the mainstay of Janet Rose, of her daughter Michal, of her 10-year-old granddaughter Bobs, of Michalís female lover and of the Austrian au pair. His departure threatens them all.
In the world at large, and in the academic world, Oliver has been seen as a potentially great writer and thinker who perhaps has the capacity, like an old-fashioned sage, to offer a new vision for his generation. But Oliver nurses a secret ...
At first, his secret is known to the child alone. But his attempt to escape into a conventional marriage opens a Pandoraís box from which many demons from the past fly out.
At heart, this disturbing narrative is a love story - the tale of a love which dares not speak its name, but which, once spoken, leaves destruction and mayhem in its path.
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