They share a set of disturbing memories of a strange childhood game and of Simon, the handsome young neighbour who loved them both. The old, wild emotions surge back, demanding and urgent, and this time the game is played out to a fatal finish.
Cassandra is an Oxford don; Julia, her sister, a bestselling novelist. They share a set of disturbing memories of a strange childhood game and of Simon, the handsome young neighbour who loved them both. Years later Simon re-enters their lives via a television programme on snakes and intrudes into their uneasy compromise of mutual antagonism and distrust. The old, wild emotions surge back, demanding and urgent, and this time the game is played out to a fatal finsih. Rich in ideas, subtle and exhilarating, THE GAME is a superb novel.
A.S. Byatt is a novelist, short-story writer and critic of international renown. Her novels include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize in 1990), and the Frederica Quartet; The Children's Book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999 and is the recipient of the Erasmus Prize 2016 for her 'inspiring contribution to life writing'.
"Complex and thoughtful" Times Literary Supplement "One of our finest living novelist, who manages to tease and to satisfy both the intellect and the imagination" Daily Telegraph
A childhood game that magnetized sisters Cassandra and Julia serves as potent metaphor for their uneasy adult relationship. Cassandra, now an Oxford don lives a life of seclusion in contrast to blithe spirit Julia, a prize-winning novelist lost in the distractions of the media circus. Old and bitter rivalries resurface when Simon, a former beau who had unwisely made a fleeting guest appearance in their dark familial drama many years earlier, suddenly crops up on the television. They seek him out again, like hunting rapturs. (Kirkus UK)
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