How did Robert Purcell, distinguished barrister and perfect specimen of the British Establishment, end up in prison?
An intellectual giant but an emotional pygmy, Robert is a man struggling to come to terms with the forces that have brought him down, from the wife who wanted him to change, to the ex-girlfriend who came back to haunt him and the childhood bully who turned into an adult bully.
Despite everything, Robert remains the same magnificently self-righteous man he always was, utterly resistant to therapy, change and the emotional demands of the opposite sex.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/03/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099492856
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Review by herschelian
Amusing satire on modern life, marriage and the legal profession. The narrator is totally lacking a sense of humour or irony and takes himself very, very seriously. Reminded me of 'Diary of a Nobody' and 'Augustus Carp, by himself'.