A novel about the brutality of fame and what happens when fandom turns to obsession, from the Booker-shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze
Henry Banks, a brilliant, anxiously ambitious young actor prepared to go to any length for a role, is finally on the brink of achieving serious celebrity.
However, Henry has – unwittingly – become an important part of the life of recently-divorced Kristin. Sitting in her beautiful, empty Philadelphia home, Kristin’s obsession with Henry grows and she becomes convinced they are destined to be together. Flying to London she resolves to bring their relationship to fruition no matter what the cost…
‘This mordantly clever story about fame, fantasy and narcissism is deliciously funny… Foulds is a very fine writer’ Observer
"Incisively well-written and alluringly readable… This prose is truly poetic, being concise, not impasto… This novel moves like a thriller… A terrific book about the realities and delusion of fame distorting the way we live now: not to be missed."
"Adam Foulds is the real deal… it’s the details of the writing itself – the precision of the word selection combined with the precision of the observation – that make for such enjoyable reading."
"This mordantly clever story about fame, fantasy and narcissism… is deliciously funny… Foulds is a very fine writer."
"An exquisitely concocted, riveting account of artistic ambition and unrequited love… Foulds is proving himself to be a very versatile writer of intelligence and charm."