Stephanie Merritt

Gaveston by Stephanie Merritt is a cool and elegant satire on our fascination with the media and the private lives of the powerful, and a story of obsessive infatuation.

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Gaveston is a journey into the dark heart of obsession and sexual politics by one of the rising stars of contemporary British fiction.

When Gaby Harvey, daughter of media magnate Sir Edward Hamilton Harvey and research student at the prestigious St Dunstan’s College, first sets eyes on Piers Gaveston, she immediately senses danger. Aloof, narcissistic and devastatingly attractive, Gaveston’s charms still prove irresistible to Gaby and as he works his way through the London media world, so he works a way into her affections, with devastating consequences.

‘Stephanie Merritt’s deliciously dark début novel has an unusually erudite cast of characters . . . The glamorous life that these characters enjoys suggests, in the most enjoyable way, an episode of ‘Dallas’ co-written by Iris Murdoch and David Lodge, and directed by Ingmar Bergman.’ New Statesman


Stephanie Merritt was born in Surrey in 1974. She has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines and is currently Deputy Literary Editor and comedy critic of the Observer. Gaveston is her first novel.

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