South of the River

South of the River

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It opens on the 'new dawn' of Labour's election victory in 1997, and ends five years later. But this is not so much 'state of the nation' as state of our souls, marriages, families, hopes and careers - a sharp and sexy portrait of a dysfunctional group of characters, all different yet connected. There's Nat, failed dramatist and reluctant lecturer, falling for a younger woman; Anthea, an eco-friendly lost soul obesessed with foxes; Libby, hardworking mother and advertising executive; Harry, Nat's friend and ex-pupil, a journalist on a local paper, with a guilty secret of his own; and Jack, Nat's unexpectedly poignant uncle, who lives for fox-hunting. Intimate and disconcerting, compelling and comic, an anatomy of the way things are, South of the River is the big British novel for our times - and a tour de force.and though there was no intention to cut back on the range or quality of courses on offer, a number of overdue reforms ... since many tutors were currently away from college marking exam papers and it was vital they receive her letter, and understand the situation, as soon as possible. Might she take this opportunity to wish him a pleasant and fruitful summer vacation? ... hearing the be-de-de-de-be -beep-deep and hiss as he got through, seeing the YOUa#39;VE GOT EMAIL welcome mat, anbsp;...

Title:South of the River
Author: Blake Morrison
Publisher:Vintage Books USA - 2008

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