Can a bastard ever be reformed? A question women have been asking for thousands of years. Two women set out separately to work on a charismatic but deeply selfish artist. Alice is madly in love with him and hopes her essential goodness will set him right, while Juliet holds a secret from his past.
'On his forty-second birthday, Gilver Memmer woke up and realised he had slept for over ten years.' As a small child, Gilver was a precocious talent. At ten, he had worked out the connection between the possession of artistic skill and the granting of sexual favours. By the time he was twenty-eight he was fabulously rich, with the world, especially women, at his feet. Life becomes so accommodating he forgets to bother doing the thing that brought him his fame. Year after year it seems to make no difference to his success. Then, within the space of a few short weeks, his money dries up, his house burns down and drink becomes his new best friend. Suddenly, Gilver is ready and desperate to swap his reputation for redemption. The question is, where to find it? In sweet, caring, besotted Alice, Gilver might have his answer. But Alice's best friend Juliette is equally caught up in the painter, and the dark secrets she holds threatens to destroy him ...Reminiscent of a young Beryl Bainbridge or Muriel Spark, The Edge of Pleasure is a stylish first novel from a wonderful new writing talent.
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'Just the sort of pleasurable read one might look for at holiday time' INDEPENDENT *'The language is elegant and mannered, the viewpoint detached and observant . Original and enjoyable' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *'A dark, sharp and compelling novel' BIG ISSUE *'Fantastically original' GLAMOUR *'An enjoyable tale of decadence . Stockley skilfully avoids hyperbole in her sympathetic and entertaining portrayal of a Dorian Gray-like figure who ultimately finds redemption' LITERARY REVIEW
About Philippa Stockley
Philippa Stockley works on the 'Evening Standard'. She is also a successful painter whose work regularly features in magazines e.g. 'Vogue'.
The Edge Of Pleasure by Philippa Stockley
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