The novel is set in Britain in three parts, taking place in 1983, 1986 and 1987. The story surrounds the young gay protagonist, Nick Guest. Nick is middle-class and from the fictional market town of Barwick . he has graduated from Worcester college, Oxford with a Ist in English and is to begin postgraduate studies at University Collegew of London. Many of the significant characters in the novel are Nick’s male contemporaries from Oxford.
The book explores the tension between Nick’s intimate relationship with the Fedden family, in whose parties and holidays he participates, and the realities of his sexuality and gay life, which the Feddens accept only to the extent of never mentioning it. It explores themes of hypocrisy, homosexuality, madness and privilege, with the emerging Aids crisis forming a backdrop to the book’s conclusion.
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