At High Table in an Oxford college, the pretty, young tutor Clare Bayes attracted all eyes, not least to her fetching d-colletage. No one's eyes were sharper, however, than those of the visiting Spanish lecturer, invited as a guest on this occasion, and in due course the two young people were lovers, unbeknown to Clare's husband. And if the Spaniard was at pains to cover their tracks, his beloved left evidence of adultery with gay abandon - and all this in a university that was a forcing house of gossip and intrigue, a place where 'at every word a reputation dies'. This affaire between the canny Latin and the flighty English woman forms the central thread in a brilliantly wrought tapestry of Oxford life, at once affectionate in its insight and hilarious in its ironic portrayals of Senior Common Room worthies. (2002-10-18)
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‘A dazzling example of the Oxford novel, with all the deceptively innocent wit and humour and all the rueful nostalgia we could want’ -- Times Literary Supplement
‘An intelligent and well-executed book with exceptionally funny set pieces’ -- Independent on Sunday
‘Crackles with deliciously sly observations about Oxford mores’ -- Independent
'Probably the wittiest novel set in British academia since David Lodge's Changing Places' Daily Mail (2002-10-18)
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1992. Book Condition: Fair. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP84541500