A brilliantly witty satire of modern manners, dissecting and connecting modern London, from its literary circuit to its hospitals and slums, as well as giving a funny and poignant portrait of childbirth and motherhood.
This gripping, moving and hiliarious novel introduces seven characters, each of whom has a profound effect on each other’s lives. Each must choose between probity and self-interest in love and work. Some compromise themselves completely; others oscillate between vice and virtue. Others are redeemed by twists of fate. For in a vicious circle, nothing is certain except change.
For five years timid Mary Quinn has supported her lover, Mark Crawley, in his rise to one of London’s most savage political journalists. Now Mark has started a calculated affair with Amelia, daughter of a newspaper magnate. Mary ‘s translation from jilted lover to a figure of power and vengeance is mirrored by Amelia’s change from vain, snobbish socialite to exhausted mother.
A dazzling plot and lucid, absorbing style characterise this deliciously satirical portrait of the way we live now.
Reviews of A Vicious Circle
- ‘A love story and political comment, a defence of the art of fiction, a masterpiece… The greatest novelist under the age of fifty has now stepped onto the stage.’A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard
- ‘It’s like Dickens without the long-winded bits. It makes you laugh, it makes you blub… an excellent and entertaining read.’Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
- ‘A plot of marvellous intricacy… it provokes peals of horrid laughter.’Anthony Quinn, Observer
- ‘Combines wit, panache and extravagance with a penetrating moral sense… delightfully readable and not a little disturbing.’Allan Massie, The Soctsman