Few writers can deliver so much in one package, but here Stephen Fry combines a riotous satire of the privileged classes with elements of the darkest thrillers. While the plot bounces from the sublime to the surreal, his characters remain acutely real. Ned's classmates, slow-witted hedonist Rufus Cade, and the Machiavellian climber Ashley Barson-Garland--who is aroused by the sight of straw boaters--are masterful creations. This novel has nothing to do with tennis, and everything to do with the cruel logic of Fate. Game, set and match to Mr Fry. - - Matthew Baylis
“Stylish…written up with zest and humour…a page-turner and full of fun.” — Spectator
“A revenge tragedy for our times.” — The Times
“A taut thriller…a talent for terror and suspense-writing.” — Sunday Telegraph
From the Paperback edition.