How far would you go to protect your sibling?
Nigel Kingsley lives with his sister Martha. He loves her dearly but realises that she has been a crippling influence on his life.
Hazel Saunders is Nigel’s ex-lover. And she also happens to be a novelist. While Nigel may miss her, there is certainly no love lost between the two women in his life. Especially when Martha is horrified to realise that she has been used as the inspiration for a fictional character when she comes across an advance copy of Hazel’s latest novel. The conflict between Martha and Hazel escalates when Martha attempts to stop the publication of the book.
The Action tells the claustrophobic relationship of Nigel Kingsley and his sister, Martha, in a story which is often funny, always moving and, in the end, poignantly tragic.
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Born in Switzerland, Francis King spent his childhood in India, where his father was a government official. While still an undergraduate at Oxford he published his first three novels. He then joined the British Council, working in Italy, Greece, Egypt, Finland and Japan, before he resigned to devote himself entirely to writing. For some years he was drama critic for the Sunday Telegraph and he reviewed fiction regularly for the Spectator. He won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Katherine Mansfield Prize and the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year Award for Act of Darkness (1983). His penultimate book, The Nick of Time, was long-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize. Francis King died in 2011.
"One of our great writers, of the calibre of Graham Greene and Nabokov." Beryl Bainbridge
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1978. Book Condition: Good. 1st Ed.. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP81460863
Book Description Hutchinson, 1978. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 5202789
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. First edition first printing hardback in dust jacket , fine book in near fine dust jacket , price-clipped by manufacturer and re-priced , not faded , slight toning with age to back panel and flaps . All orders are sent in professional removable dust jacket plastic , double bubble-wrapped and in a strong box . We are a full time Independent bookseller established in 1999. Bookseller Inventory # 88840789
Book Description Hutchinson London, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Hardback 1st ed 1st printing. Both book and dust jacket are in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 100415
Book Description Hutchinson, London 1978 First Edition. Hardback. No Dustjacket., 1978. 8vo. Signed presentation copy: 'Best wishes to Anthony, Francis King.'ISBN: 0091347106Pages: 250 Neat name on front endpaper, very slight bumping at spine; VG. Bookseller Inventory # A87687
Book Description Hutchinson, United Kingdom, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. First edition, first impression 1978 SIGNED dedication by Francis King near fine hardback, light foxing to page edges, in a near fine dust wrapper, edges browned, corners and edges lightly rubbed. No inscription. 250 pages. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 0013857