By Sebastian Faulks
Mike Engleby has a secret...
This is the tale of Mike Engleby, a working-class boy who wins a spot at an esteemed English collage. yet with the disappearance of Jennifer, the undergraduate Engleby admires from afar, the tale becomes a secret of gripping energy.
Sebastian Faulks's new novel is a bolt from the blue, in contrast to whatever he has ever written prior to: modern, demotic, heart-wrenching - and humorous, within the private colour of black.
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I had under four pounds left in the world and too much pride. " A small smile lifted the comers of her mouth. " "Don't pretend to be surprised. You know he is. " "Oh sure. But you are the two things he longs to be and isn't, a top class pilot and an attractive man. He needs you badly for the business, but he doesn't have to like it. " "You see a lot from your tower," I said smiling. "Sure. And I'm very fond of my uncle. " She said it with intense feeling. I wondered whether 'anything' meant sleeping with the pilots, or whether that came under the heading of pleasure, not profit.
Actually makes her better. So do doses of radiation on her arms and legs, and other bones and organs. She's had several relapses and several good long spells of being well. ", "What about… Nancy? " He looked at me across the room, his eyes in shadow. "There's that too. They say the chances are infinitesimal. They say there are only eighteen known cases of leukaemia occurring twice in the same family unit. You can't catch it, and you can't inherit it. A girl with leukaemia can have a baby, and the baby won't have leukaemia.
A silence lengthened. I brought my thoughts back from four years ago and my gaze from the empty airfield. "Thank you," I said. He smiled very slightly. , or your job. It didn't make sense to me that you hadn't. , but I was the Captain. It inevitably came back to me. " "He was frightened," I sighed. " He let half a minute slip by without comment. " I admired his delicate approach. " I suggested. His mouth twitched. " A pause. "You are of course not obliged … ' "No," I said. "Still… ' Something for something.