Sally, Kate and Marienka. Three young women who meet as undergraduates in 1970s Oxford and share their romantically shabby canalside house with Max Bellinger - clever, attractive, enigmatic Max.
Sally - our narrator - idolises Max, who is something of an homme fatale.
But it is Max's wayward rock singer brother, Marty, who is to play the most important role in her life, when one of his songs (for which she provided the lyrics) becomes an unexpected hit.
Although their paths diverge once they leave Oxford, Sally stays in touch with all the housemates and their lives remain interwoven throughout the momentous second half of the twentieth century.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, n/a
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 14/06/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340837405
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Review by earthsinger
Sally, in her last year at Oxford University, becomes besotted with housemate Max. Her life interweaves with his over the next twenty or so years, but the secrets and lies she has woven finally catch up with them both.