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Imaginative and passionate, Mel Holloway senses that there is more to life than her job, or her relationship with her ailing boyfriend, can provide. The accidental death of a man she has never met changes her life irrevocably - leading her to form a complex bond with the wife of the victim, which, for Mel at least, deepens into love. A SWEETHEART DEAL is a wholly original vision of the city, its everyday joys and terrors, and the gestures of love and commitment that illuminate it all. It is Ben Richards' most ambitious achievement to date.
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Ben Richards lives in London, and was formerly a lecturer at the University of Birmingham. His first novel, THROWING THE HOUSE OUT OF THE WINDOW, won the Texaco/Eastside award for first time novelists.Review:
'Richards, with three London novels behind him, writes with a political bite that newcomers to the genre lack' Guardian 'Compassionately depicted by Richards [Mel and Lily's] developing friendship highlights the conflict and passion of human relations' Times 'Tender and compassionate... An assured and confident writer... A Sweetheart Deal is a story of loss and longing drawn against the backdrop of modern London. Unpredictable, surprising, but never merely experimental, Richards writes with rare elegance and creates characters with whom the reader has both empathy and loathing' Yorkshire Post '[A] dramatic page-turner of a contemporary London novel... Ben Richards's dialogue is electric and the range of his characters is outstanding... a truly rich novel painted on a large canvas' Observer 'A refreshing change... A clever study of relationships and, apart from anything else, it all gets a bit sexual in the end' Later magazine
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