From the author of instant bestseller Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, comes a highly readable, witty tale of unwanted inheritance, uptight Britishness and the preservation of a lost way of life. January 2012 MEGA Book of the Month.
Ed Hartlepool has been living in self-imposed exile for five years, but with a settlement regarding his inheritance looming, he must return to his ancestral seat, Hartlepool Hall. On his return, he discovers that his father has left him, along with the house, a seven million pound tax bill, two massive overdrafts, an 80-year-old butler, and a vast country estate that is creaking at the seams. Not only that, but there is a strange woman in residence - Lady Alice - who seems to have made herself very much at home. With the debts mounting, it seems that Ed's only recourse is to turn to his friend Annabel's new boyfriend, a property developer who plans to turn Hartlepool Hall into luxury flats and a golf course. But can Ed save his inheritance without such a drastic move? And is Lady Alice really the person she claims to be?
'More intriguing is the skein of darkness that, in common with much of Torday's fiction, runs discretely through the story - one sequence is sufficently macabre as to recall the work of a young McEwan.' -- Jonathan Barnes Literary Review
'if you liked his previous efforts then you'll enjoy this too.' - Voyager
'it grabs you right from page one and is another great read from the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' - Essentials
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||5th January 2012|
|Publisher:||Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
Paul Torday was our Guest Editor in April 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. He spent the next 30 years working in engineering and in industry, after which he scaled back his business responsibilities to fulfil a long-harboured ambition - to write. He burst on to the literary scene in 2006 with his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an immediate bestseller that has been sold in 25 countries. Paul Torday died in 2013.More About Paul Torday