'The satirical English novel of the decade.' Observer
From the moment an unemployed City broker is devoured by an escapee from the Zoo, we are embarked upon a dazzling journey through nineties' London. A city peopled by a rich and varied cast of characters - from the City, journalism, the criminal world, advertising, music hall and the East End. Lurking in the background is nemesis in the shape of a hungry lion.
Born in South Africa, Justin Cartwright lived in Britain after studying at Trinity College, Oxford. He worked in advertising and directed documentaries, films and television commercials, and wrote seventeen novels. They include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leaping the Cheers, the acclaimed White Lightning, shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Novel Award, The Promise of Happiness, winner of the 2005 Hawthornden Prize, The Song Before It Is Sung, To Heaven By Water, Other People's Money, Lion Heart and Up Against the Night. His novel Look At It This Way was made into a three-part drama by the BBC in 1992, and he also published three works of non-fiction. He died in December 2018.