From the bestselling author of The Cazalet Chronicles comes 'a cool, shrewd, witty and most beautifully managed novel' The Times
From the Back Cover
Anna and Edmund Cornhill have a happy marriage and a lovely home. They are content, complete, absorbed in their private idyll.
Arabella, who comes to stay one lazy summer, is rich, rootless and amoral - and, as they find out, beautiful and loving.
A web of love and desire entangles these three; but in such a treacherous game, someone must finally lose out.
Elizabeth Jane Howard reveals with elegant prose and devastating accuracy a situation both shattering and destructive . . .
Praise for Elizabeth Jane Howard
'She is one of those novelists who shows, through her work, what the novel is for . . . She helps us to do the necessary thing - open our eyes and our hearts' Hilary Mantel
'Her navigation of the web of human relations [is] seemingly effortless' Sunday Telegraph