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They were never an obvious group of friends. Julian came from the most staid of county families. Jake's passage from unassuming suburbia to the dreaming spires of Oxford happened only by chance - and at great cost. And Adrienne, daughter of one of New York's wealthiest and most glamorous families, grew up more used to appearances in Vogue than to Oxford's cold and dusty lecture halls. When the three of them arrive at university, it is Julian's sister, Maggie, who brings them together. It is her idea to teach Jake's childhood tormentor a lesson. But what begins as a game has life-changing consequences for them all...
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Richard Mason was born in South Africa and lives in Glasgow. His first novel, The Drowning People, won Italy's Grinzane Cavour Prize for Best First Novel (2001) and has been translated into 16 languages.From AudioFile:
Richard Mason is a find, if this intricately made and gripping novel is a fair test. The "Us" of the title are four Oxford students: upper-crust Julian; his sister, Maggie; Adrienne Finch (in England to escape her appalling American mama), who falls straight into bed with the grateful Julian; and outsider Jake Hitchings, whom Maggie falls for in spite of or because of his being "not our class, dear." We know from the first that fearless, wonderful Maggie is dead and that her survivors are shattered. What happened to her and why is told in overlapping flashback segments by the astonishing Humphrey Bower, Nicholas Bell, and Nancy Black, all flawless except that Black's Aussie vowels creep into Adrienne's American accent. Small quibble in a stunning performance and powerful book. B.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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