"Scene after scene is worked out with exactness and subtlety which no second-string novelist can scent, far less nail to paper" (Daily Telegraph
"An unmistably major writer who commands a scope, power and sheer technical skill which put other more ambitious novelists into the shade" (A. Alvarez)
"Brilliant and masterful" (Nation
From the Back Cover
Set in thirties London, The Living and the Dead
portrays the complex ebb and flow of relationships within the Standish family. Mrs Standish, ageing but still beautiful, is drawn into secret liaisons, while her daughter Eden experiments openly with left-wing politics and love affairs. Only the son, Elyot, remains an aloof and scholarly observer - until dramatic events shock him into sudden self-knowledge.