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Justin Cartwright - Author

About the Author

Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and educated in America and at Oxford University. His novel LEADING THE CHEERS  won the Whitbread Book Award for 1998. Justin Cartwright lives in north London with his wife and two sons.

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Featured books by Justin Cartwright

Lion Heart

Lion Heart

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Richard remembers his recently-deceased father, Alaric, as a delusional hippy, who saw himself as an intellectual and historian. Following in his father's footsteps, Richard travels to Jerusalem where he falls deeply in love with Noor, a beautiful but mysterious Canadian-Arab journalist. When Noor is kidnapped on assignment in Cairo and the facts of her capture emerge, Richard stumbles upon an important document, one that could rewrite not just the history of the Crusades, but his father's and his own as well.

Other books by Justin Cartwright

Up Against the Night

Up Against the Night

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Lion Heart

Lion Heart

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Richard remembers his recently-deceased father, Alaric, as a delusional hippy, who saw himself as an intellectual and historian. Following in his father's footsteps, Richard travels to Jerusalem where he falls deeply in love with Noor, a beautiful but mysterious Canadian-Arab journalist. When Noor is kidnapped on assignment in Cairo and the facts of her capture emerge, Richard stumbles upon an important document, one that could rewrite not just the history of the Crusades, but his father's and his own as well.

Lion Heart

Lion Heart

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

Other People's Money

Other People's Money

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Trevelyan family is in grave trouble. Their private bank of Tubal & Co. is on the verge of collapsing. It's not the first time in its three-hundred-and-forty year history, but it may be the last. A sale is under way, and a number of important facts need to be kept hidden, not only from the public, but also from Julian Trevelyan-Tubal's deeply traditional father, Sir Harry, who is incapacitated in the family villa in Antibes. Great families, great fortunes and even greater secrets collide in this gripping, satirical and acutely observed story of our time.

Das Geld anderer Leute

Das Geld anderer Leute

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2011

Die Londoner Bank Tubal & Co steckt in den groten Schwierigkeiten ihrer 300-jahrigen Geschichte. Denn Sohn Julian hat das familieneigene Geldhaus durch riskante Spekulationen ruiniert. Doch das muss er zunachst vor seinem greisen Vater - und dem Rest der Welt - geheim halten, um den Verkauf an einen Investor nicht zu gefahrden. Zu dumm, dass ihm dabei auch noch ein abgerissener Theatermacher in Cornwall, eine schuchterne Provinzjournalistin und, gewissermaen, sogar Daniel Day Lewis in die Quere kommen ... Whitbread-Preistrager Justin Cartright zeichnet ein brillantes, komisches und dabei absolut realistisches Sittenbild unserer Zeit.

The Promise of Happiness

The Promise of Happiness

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2010

Charles Judd meanders round his local Cornish beach, contemplating the turns his life has taken. His wife Daphne struggles hopelessly with the latest fish recipe, trying to keep something in her life under control. Two of their children are keeping it all together - just. But they are all still recovering from the shock of the prodigal daughter, Juliet, being imprisoned in New York State for her part in an art theft. Since then, Charles appears to have lost his entire family. Now Juliet is being released, the family is about to be reunited and the wounds her imprisonment has caused are being re-opened.

To Heaven by Water

To Heaven by Water

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2010

David Cross is surrounded by secrets. When his wife Nancy was alive he kept secrets from her and now that she is dead, he must hide his new happiness from his children, Lucy and Ed. But they too have their troubles: Ed's marriage is in trouble, Lucy is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend, and both worry that their father will find a new partner. To Heaven by Water is a touching and hilarious portrait of a family trying to come to terms with loss in their own way.

This Secret Garden Oxford Revisited

This Secret Garden Oxford Revisited

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2008

Oxford is many things. But it has a symbolic meaning well beyond its buildings, gardens, rituals and teaching. It stands for something deep in the Anglo-Saxon mind - excellence, a kind of privilege, a charmed life, deep-veined liberalism, a respect for tradition. Cartwright has spoken to many leading figures, looked at favourite places in Oxford, subjected himself to an English tutorial - he performed very poorly - attended the Freshers' dinner in his old college, studied various works of art and museums, investigated the claim that dons like detective novels, and reread many Oxford classics.At the same time, he has looked at some of the great debates which made Oxford what it is, as well as the most recent debate about funding, which ended in a resounding defeat for the reformers. He depicts the beauty of this historic city, the landscape of enclosed quads and gardens, and the astonishing collection of buildings. Cartwright concludes that the Oxford myth, while outstripping the reality, is as powerful as ever. This is an enchanting and highly original look at Oxford, indispensable reading for anyone interested in the myth and reality of Oxford.

The Song Before it is Sung

The Song Before it is Sung

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2008

On 20 July 1944, Adolf Hitler narrowly escaped an assassin's bomb. Axel von Gottberg and his conspirators were hunted down and hanged from meat-hooks, and the executions filmed. Sixty years later, Conrad Senior is left a legacy of papers by von Gottberg's close friend, the legendary Oxford professor Elya Mendel, and becomes obsessed with what they reveal and finding the brutal film. Award-winning writer Justin Cartwright has conjured a masterwork that addresses the nature of friendship and what it means to be human, and it is a remarkable tapestry of passion, ideas, frailty and courage.

Rabbit at Rest

Rabbit at Rest

Author: Justin Cartwright, John Updike Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

It's 1989, and Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom is far from restful. Fifty-six and overweight, he has a struggling business on his hands and a heart that is starting to fail. His family, too, are giving him cause for concern. His son Nelson is a wreck of a man, a cocaine addict with shattered self-respect. Janice, his wife, has decided that she wants to be a working girl. And as for Pru, his daughter-in-law, she seems to be sending out signals to Rabbit that he knows he should ignore, but somehow can't. He has to make the most of life, after all. He doesn't have much time left ...

Promise of Happiness

Promise of Happiness

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2005

A powerful elegy to the intimacies and idiocies of family, The Promise of Happiness tells the story of an apparently ordinary family on the cusp of an extraordinary moment: the return of the family's prodigal daughter, Juliet. Her release from an upstate New York prison throws the Judds, formerly of London but now scattered, back together. For her father, Juliet's conviction for a theft she may not have committed had proven the disintegration of a dying society. For her mother, it is a source not only of resentment, but bafflement. And for all of the Judds, it is a moment of both intense joy and confusion.As Justin Cartwright's novel opens, Juliet's parents await her release and return to England. Charlie, their capable and successful son, has been charged with collecting her and softening her reentry into the world, his own life unsettled meanwhile by his glamorous girlfriend's pregnancy and his ambivalence towards it. Sophie, the youngest and most rebellious sibling, is in the midst of getting her chaotic life (mostly) under control. And Juliet herself is wounded, the perfect daughter made scapegoat for a victimless crime. With searching perception and gentle humor, Justin Cartwright gradually reveals the inner struggles of the five disparate Judds as they grapple with their conflicting feelings for each other and the moral dilemmas that beset them, bringing them finally together in what is ultimately a celebration of the layers and universal oddness of the love of a family.

Half in Love

Half in Love

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2002

Richard McAllister, a young minister in the government, has temporarily left the Cabinet while recovering from being stabbed by a thug at a football match. He has decided, while recuperating, to go to South Africa to research a relative and his account of the horse in the Boer War. While in Mafeking, he is called back to London because his passionate affair with an actress has become public knowledge. From that moment, the love affair becomes almost impossibly fraught. The press hound them, the government spin doctors try to suppress all news and Joanna's husband becomes very vindictive. The lovers are parted, and Joanna leaves for America. This is a novel about contemporary politics, the power of film, the nature of history and above all about two people caught hopelessly in love, subject to the stresses of fame and scandal. It is an exceptional achievement.

Look at it this Way

Look at it this Way

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2000

From the moment an unemployed City broker is devoured by an escapee from the Zoo, we are embarked upon a dazzling journey through nineties' London. A city peopled by a rich and varied cast of characters - from the City, journalism, the criminal world, advertising, music hall and the East End. Lurking in the background is nemesis in the shape of a hungry lion.

Interior

Interior

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2000

'Dodging the vested interests of the Ngwenya clan, his wayward wife Magdan and the colonial dinosaur Jumbo Munroe, the narrator embarks on a quasi-biblical quest that owes more to Waugh and Ballard than Rider Haggard, a tale that hits the ground running and continues at a vigorous pace. This is one of the shrewdest and most diverting novels about Africa one could hope to read.' DAILY TELEGRAPH

Masai Dreaming

Masai Dreaming

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2000

'A provocative novel about a disillusioned writer who travels to Africa to research a screenplay. Cartwright tellingly contrasts the supposed savagery of the dark continent with the very real barbarism of Nazi Germany and the modern world' Esquire 'Ambitious ... the book works well, as a story, as a compendium of reflections on race and nationhood and as a novel with a refined and distinctive narrative voice and one marvellously complete character, the old White Kenyan, Tom Fairfax ... an elegantly complex, unfailingly intelligent novel' Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Spectator

Leading the Cheers

Leading the Cheers

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/1999

Dan Silas returns to America for his high school reunion where he makes some unexpected discoveries. His former girlfriend tells him that her daughter was his child and Dan's oldest friend has suffered a breakdown and now believes himself to be the reincarnation of an Indian chief. In an attempt to make sense of these disturbing facts, Dan digs further into their lives, with both tragic and comic results. LEADING THE CHEERS is a rich portrayal of small-town life with wonderfully evoked characters and Justin Cartwright's beautifully observed writing.

In Every Face I Meet

In Every Face I Meet

Author: Justin Cartwright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/1996

Set against the background of Nelson Mandela's release, IN EVERY FACE I MEET is the story of Anthony Northleach, and one intense, comic and horrifying day in his life. 'Glitteringly entertaining.' The Times 'A hugely readable, beautifully written, thoughtful book.' Marie Claire 'A brilliant and original book ... There can be nothing derivative about a novelist with Justin Cartwright's fresh accuracy of perception, which provides constant small shocks of recognition ... funny as well as bleak, and full of humanity. This is a novel that tackles all the big state-of-the modern-world themes; it is also intensely readable' Sunday Telegraph Set against the background of Nelson Mandela's release, this is the story of Anthony Northleach, and one intense, comic and horrifying day in his life. 'Glitteringly entertaining' The Times 'A hugely readable, beautifully written, thoughtful book' Marie Claire 'A brilliant and original book ... There can be nothing derivative about a novelist with Justin Cartwright's fresh accuracy of perception, which provides constant small shocks of recognition ... intensely readable' Sunday Telegraph