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Nigel Gray has breathed new life into an almost extinct literary
form, the epistolatory novel. The time is 1988/1989. Adrian is
trapped in Thatcher's Britain. Harri has flown to a new life in
Australia. The contrast between the old world and the new is
sharply drawn. The protagonists come alive in a very contemporary
way, warts, muddle, desires, anxieties, jokes, differences and all.
Full of contradictions, they show at times great insight and
intelligence as well as revealing an immense capacity for
self-delusion. Gradually the layers of their pasts are peeled away
to reveal their secrets. These letters, so full of sharp wit,
stunning imagery, political perception, and insight into the human
condition are love letters, entertainments, poison darts, literary
jousts, and cries for help and understanding all at the same
time.Nigel Gray is an author acclaimed for his honesty and his
compassion as well as for the clarity and elegance of his prose.
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