From the author of The Gustav Sonata
A stunning collection of stories: wide-reaching in subject and setting, each beautifully evoked and brilliantly imagined.
Renowned opera singer Antonio Mollini begins construction on what he hopes will be the most beautiful garden in Italy, unaware that its development will have tragic consequence for both him, and his series of lovers. Elsewhere, a farmer's son has high hopes for his inheritance, a young girl dreams of following in the footsteps of a famous arsonist, and the pressure of the annual Gardening Cup exerts a heavy toll on seventeen-year-old Dougie.
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The activist Peter Tatchell on Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country, a groundbreaking novel about a young country girl called Mary who becomes a man named Martin
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A wide-ranging and provocative discussion with Rebecca Asher and Juno Dawson is accompanied by interviews with David Szalay and Rose Tremain as we look at how novels and non-fiction are examining the modern male.