Glover's Mistake, Paperback Book

Glover's Mistake Paperback

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The second novel from exciting, young novelist Nick Laird - an artful meditation on love and life in contemporary London.When David Pinner introduces his former teacher, the American artist Ruth Marks, to his friend and flatmate James Glover, he unwittingly sets in place a love triangle loaded with tension, guilt and heartbreak.

As David plays reluctant witness (and more) to James and Ruth's escalating love affair, he must come to terms with his own blighted emotional life.Set in the London art scene awash with new money and intellectual pretension, in the sleek galleries and posh restaurants of a Britannia resurgent with cultural and economic power, Nick Laird's insightful and drolly satirical novel vividly portrays three people whose world gradually fractures along the fault lines of desire, truth and jealousy.

With wit and compassion, Laird explores the very nature of contemporary romance, among damaged souls whose hearts and heads never quite line up long enough for them to achieve true happiness.


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I am mildly surprised at some of the reviews here. Maybe I am weird after all. I found this book highly entertaining and I can identify completely with the way that the main character David lived his life as a complex of plotting and trying to maintain control and influence over those around him. This does happen - and in this case it is damnedly funny, heart-breaking and thought-provoking all at once. Almost like a Peep Show style novel this shows human relationships as they are. A highly recommended read!

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