The final novel in Melvyn Bragg's brilliant and evocative Tallentire trilogy
Douglas Tallentire has at last achieved what his father and grandfather before him fought for so bitterly. Educated and independent, he can carve out his own career and spread his wings. But success, freedom and happiness are more elusive than ever in the fiercely competitive Seventies. From Cumbria to the frenetic whirl of sophisticated life in New York and London, Douglas, like all the Tallentires, must come to terms with private uncertainty and pain.
An uncommonly high talent. The people are 'real' enough to leave footprints right across the page - Guardian
He emerges with stature at the end of his convincing contemporary novel on 'the way we live now' ... the book shows range and vision ... Bragg knows about the nuances of dialogue which differentiate character and can maintain nice dramatic irony - New Statesman
Mr Bragg is one of the few British writers of talent with the courage to tackle an ambitious, panoramic novel - Daily Telegraph
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster whose first novel, For Want of a Nail, was published in 1965. His novels since include The Maid of Buttermere, The Soldier's Return, Credo and Now is the Time, which won the Parliamentary Book Award for fiction in 2016. His books have also been awarded the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the WHSmith Literary Award, and have been longlisted three times for the Booker Prize (including the Lost Man Booker Prize).
He has also written several works of non-fiction, including The Adventure of English and The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.