Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011. Shy, sensible banker Stuart has trouble with women; that is, until a fortuitous singles night, where he meets Gillian, a picture restorer recovering from a destructive affair.
Stuart's best friend Oliver is his complete opposite - a language teacher who 'talks like a dictionary', brash and feckless.
Soon Stuart and Gillian are married, but it is not long before a tentative friendship between the three evolves into something far different.
Talking it Over is a brilliant and intimate account of love's vicissitudes.
It begins as a comedy of misunderstanding, then slowly darkens and deepens, drawing us compellingly into the quagmires of the heart.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/08/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099540137
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Review by PhilipJHunt
A deft work in three main voices. Our understanding of the characters and our allegiances shift as we go along. The voices are distinct and engaging. Oliver, who "talks like a dictionary" is best followed with a dictionary close at hand, but this doesn't distract. Fun and easy to read. Brilliantly done.