'If Fred Astaire had been a novelist he'd have been Paul Bailey. This beautiful, moving novel is a piece of dazzling footwork and reveals Bailey once more as one of the wittiest, most panacheful and most graceful writers we have. I love this beautiful book' Ali Smith 'Assuaging in its honesty and its little ironies and vanities ... I was touched by this book; by its poignant glimpses of a lifetime's pain and pleasure' Barbara Trapido 'Marvellous. So rich and bittersweet and elegaic but also funny and beautifully, wittily, compassionately nuanced and observed' Shena Mackay **** As Paul Bailey's novel progresses, his exploration of Harry's emotional life grows subtly more and more intense Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Paul Bailey is an award-winning writer whose novels include At The Jerusalem, which won a Somerset Maugham Award and an Arts Council Writers' Award; Peter Smart's Confessions and Gabriel's Lament, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction; Sugar Cane, a sequel to Gabriel's Lament, Kitty and Virgil and most recently, Uncle Rudolf. He is the recipient of the E. M. Forster Award and the George Orwell Memorial Award, and has also written and presented features for radio. Paul Bailey lives in London.