Talking it Over, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.




Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews.

Review by

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.