Young Harry, an orphan from an impoverished council estate, becomes the link between starkly contrasting worlds: north and south, the deprived and the over-privileged, the powerful and the defenceless. With this compelling story of blackmail, media politics, corrupted innocence and redemptive love, Melvyn Bragg delivers an unforgettable portrait of modern life.
A splendid Dickensian sweep of a book - Observer
A decent and intelligent novel, one which can be read, and will be read, with a great deal of pleasure - Allan Massie, Scotsman
As a guide to media London, the novel is essential reading - T.J. Binyon, Times Literary Supplement
The very good Bragg has forced a complex contemporary plot to work magic - David Hughes, Mail on Sunday
Bragg has scarcely ever written better...A state of England message transfused by fiction - Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday
Melvyn Bragg writes with a lyrical nostalgia which is as important to the novel as his energy - Penelope Fitzgerald, Evening Standard
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, the most recent being The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.