By Whitbread Prize short-listed author, Tony Sullivan.
In the 1950s Denis Ducane, halfway through his National Service, meets bookseller Martin Carroway and falls for his daughter Petra, a budding concert pianist. But Petra loves another. Demobbed, Denis attends university. He wants to bring middle-class culture to the working-class, but this is forgotten when he falls in love with academia and becomes involved in a ludicrous chase after a first-class degree. Some years later he meets the Carroways again. They are now eager to marry him to Petra, but the marriage is eventually spoiled by a revelation from her past. The couple separate but meet again some years later. However, their reunion is overshadowed by a tragic discovery.
Balancing the Carroway element is Denis’s closeness with his Liverpool family, especially with his younger sister Abigail. Another important theme is the cultural emancipation of the working class during twenty years, illustrated by Denis’s progress as an educator and that of his brother-in-law, a popular playwright and treacherous friend.
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