A gorgeously intoxicating new novel about the nature of love from the award-winning author of The Big Music.
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Caroline’s Bikini is the tale of a classic love affair; a swirling cocktail of obsession and imagination.
The moment that Evan Gordonstone – a successful middle-aged financier – meets Caroline Beresford – a glamorous housewife, hostess and landlady – he falls into unrequited love, a story as old as Western literature itself. Evan recounts the tale of his infatuation to his friend Emily, and thus begins a hypnotic series of conversations set against the backdrop of West London bars, fuelled in intensity by endless G&Ts. From the depths of midwinter to July’s hot swelter, Evan’s retelling of his passion for Caroline will take him to the brink of his own destruction.
A really superb, very readable novel. I suppose I am, you know, hopelessly in love with it.
A clever and unusual take on the classic unrequited love story.
As much about the age-old conundrum of unrequited love as it is the mystery of writing, this hypnotic book is unlike anything else out there.
Gunn has written a blissfully anarchic and – indeed – inspiring novel about the futility of writing: a delightful paradox in itself.
Gunn’s serious playfulness will make you think again about every convention of fiction we lazily take for granted . . . And no other novel has ever tapped so many jokes from the artisan gin craze, symbol of brash new London . . . Nothing much may happen. But the feelings – and the writing – overflows.
Gunn’s playful and endearing voice makes it a joy to read. Who knew postmodernism could be this fun?
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