Gregory Norminton (one of our writers)
August 2008

About the publication

In the early 1990s, at an old-fashioned boarding school, two boys form an intense friendship that will shape the course of their lives. Bruno Jackson, the shy and lonely son of British expats, is infatuated by the glamorous but troubled Anthony Blunden. Taken under the wing of an idealistic English teacher, the boys are encouraged to explore the 'more serious things' of life beyond college. But in the hothouse of the school, a slight from their mentor seems of earth-shattering importance, with fateful consequences. Years later, with the memories of that time almost buried, Bruno leads a blameless, uneventful life. The sudden reappearance of Anthony forces him to revisit the dark corners of his past and to decide how far he's prepared to go to assuage his conscience.


Subtle, clever and immensely enjoyable.


Superbly written, with not a superfluous word, and enriched with wonderfully vivid images.

Independent on Sunday

Impeccably paced… Norminton is a talented writer: he depicts the climate of cowardice and loyalty that allows bullying to flourish, while sensitively rendering the beauty of the English landscape.

Times Literary Supplement