The story of a very nice young man called Ned Maddstone who, 20 years after being seized outside a Knightsbridge language college and thrown into solitary confinement as a political prisoner, returns to London implacably focused upon revenge.
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Ned Maddstone has it all. He's handsome and talented; he has the love of a beautiful woman and in 1980, he stands at the brink of a glittering future. He rounds off an outstanding public school career with a sailing trip to Scotland, which is where his fortunes enter a terrifying tailspin. Determined to honour the dying wish of his sailing instructor, Ned returns to London, where the schemes of jealous classmates catapult him into a 10-year nightmare. Confined to a solitary Hell, believed dead by all those who loved him, Ned transforms from a terminally nice guy into a creature bent on revenge, a revenge both satisfying and apocalyptic.
Few writers can deliver so much in one package, but here Stephen Fry combines a riotous satire of the privileged classes with elements of the darkest thrillers. While the plot bounces from the sublime to the surreal, his characters remain acutely real. Ned's classmates, slow-witted hedonist Rufus Cade, and the Machiavellian climber Ashley Barson-Garland--who is aroused by the sight of straw boaters--are masterful creations. This novel has nothing to do with tennis, and everything to do with the cruel logic of Fate. Game, set and match to Mr Fry. - - Matthew BaylisReview:
"The Stephenesque ... a national as well as a family treasure." -- "Guardian" "It is impossible to be unimpressed by Stephen Fry's writing." -- "Scotland on Sunday" "No one can make you feel quite like Stephen Fry can." --"Time Out" "Stephen Fry is one of the great originals." -- "Financial Times"
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Book Description HUTCHINSON. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0091801516 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0038773
Book Description HUTCHINSON., 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091801516