Anthony Quinn’s fifth novel is a character study set in southern England between 1945 and 1962. The two protagonists, Freya Wyley and Nancy Holdaway, meet in London on VE night. By the autumn, they are studying at Oxford, Freya intending to become a journalist, Nancy to write fiction. They are entangled with three men: Nat, a self-absorbed actor; Robert Cosway, a politician; and Alex, a secretive young Scot. At Oxford, Freya treats Robert as a sexual conquest, jeopardising her relationship with Nancy, who has fallen in love with him. Over the next twenty years, the lives of Freya, Nancy and Robert repeatedly overlap in and around London.
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