Talking it Over, Paperback Book
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From the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction comes a novel of profound insight and comic flare. 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 errors, then slowly darkens and deepens, drawing us compellingly into the quagmires of the heart.


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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.

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