Ten years ago, the feckless and witty Oliver betrayed his life-long friendship with Stuart, wrecked his marriage, stole his wife Gillian and then moved to France. There, in an attempt to ease Stuart's misery and her own conscience, Gillian staged a violent incident calculated to convince Stuart that her marriage to Oliver was a disaster. But now Oliver and Gillian are back in London and have two daughters. There isn't much money but they are happily jogging along when Stuart, now a successful entrepreneur with an unsuccessful marriage behind him, suddenly returns from the USA, re-enters their lives and life begins to take an unexpected turn for all of them... Starring Carl Prekopp, Hermione Norris and Nicholas Boulton.
No year is complete without a bit of reading reflection, and as we gaze at 2019's shelves, we're more than a bit pleased with the boldness and breadth of the last 12 months of VINTAGE books. From an insider's look at the realities of modern-day poverty to an acclaimed expose of the data bias towards men, and a long-awaited, Booker-winning dystopian smash hit, here are 10 of the biggest highlights.
Man Booker prize winner Julian Barnes' latest novel The Only Story is a poignant and tender portrayal of first love. Read on for an extract