Hamptons and reSisting the attempts of ’new money' owners to gateCrash their social sphere is believable, if hardly riveting. Our narrator George Lenhart takes 289 pages to realise that hrs friends - and the object of his deSrre Kate Goodenow - are not very pleasant people. The reader, however, sussed that
one after two chapters.
While the pace drags, we anticipate
striking revelations or a tWist that Will
throw some insight into the characters but these never arrive. Their Wall Street careers would never make it onto celluloid and the Sex And The City girls would eat them for breakfast.
, Justin Cartwright Half In Love (Sceptre £14.99) at it t t
Following the Whitbread Award-Winning Leading The Cheers comes Justin
Cartwright’s sixth novel. Half In Love is a . multi-layered story, the focus of which is
an acc0unt of the affair between married
Hollywood actress Joanna Jermyn, and Richard McAIlister, MP and the prime minister's oldest friend.
However, it is by no means a mere love
. story; Cartwright has a talent for
weaving together unconnected narrative
themes to make a coherent whole, so
Half /n Love IS also a political satire, soaal examination, philosophical treatise, history and more.
The tale is told through the eyes of both Joanna and Richard, interspersed with third person narrative, and skips back and forth through time and place, taking in last century Africa to modern day California. However, despite its breadth of location and range of themes, Half In Love is essentially an accmately observed commentary on the nature of
Britain past and present. (Kirsty Knaggs)
Z FAMILY DRAMA ? Anita Brookner
The Bay Of Angels (Viking £16.99) 1: it
Anita Brookner may well be a veteran of many novels but that doesn’t Justify indulgent navel-gazing of the sort
displayed in The Bay OfAnge/s.
The story centres on Zoe, a middle-class
English girl growing up in 19505 London
' with her fragile, wrdowed mother. They depart for Nice when her mother takes a
second husband — Simon, a rich, near geriatric gentleman — and we follow the family relationships and life progress of the rather vacant Zoe.
The main problem rs Brookner’s
economy of language; or more, the lack
of it. With prose more flowery than a
Chelsea pensioner’s back garden,
Brookner tells of Zoe’s skewed worldvrew With a cold verbosity that w0uld make a
science lecturer blush. Momentum is
sacrificed in favour of pondering and the
pace is deathly.
This isn’t particularly beautiful, carefully studied or thoughtful; if anything, Brookner’s mis-shapen sketch of this dysfunctional family is as inaccurate as you could care to find. (Mark Robertson)
STAR RATINGS t it t t * Unmissable t * i it Very ood t a t Wort a shot it it Below average it You’ve been warned
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