Chosen by James,
"We've not had one of his books since November 2014 and so I'd
like to propose another by a writer who- in my view- is one of the
finest prose stylists working in English. The reviews when it was
published were ambivalent- particularly around the sub-plot of the
painter, Orst and the Nazis. However, it's been a favourite of mine
since I first read it some 20 years ago, and sums up the plangency of
the feverish unrequited love/lust that can hit us and cave our hearts
"I find the atmosphere of brooding melancholy lit by raging passions
remarkably moving every time I re-read this. The first reading of it, I
related to the 'pudging, bespectacled Edward Manners' rather painfully.
It was so similar to where I was at the time."