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  • Location: Cambridge

The Party

The Party

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2000s: Friends for life? Or enemies behind closed doors?

  • ISBN: 978-0008194307
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

Martin Gilmour and Ben Fitzmaurice have been best friends for 25 years, since their days together at Burtonbury School.

They are an unlikely pair: the scholarship boy with the wrong accent and clothes, and the dazzlingly popular, wealthy young aristocrat. But Martin knows no one else can understand the bond they share – and no one else could have kept Ben’s secret for over two decades.

At Ben’s 40th birthday party, the cream of the British establishment gathers in a haze of champagne, drugs and glamour. Amid the politicians, the celebrities, the old money and the newly rich, Martin once again feels that pang of not quite belonging. His wife Lucy has her reservations, too. There is something unnerving in the air. But Ben wouldn’t do anything to damage their friendship. Would he?

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Cambridge (c) Google

Cambridge (c) Google

A novel with no distinct locations apart from the colleges of Cambridge and the corridors of power at Westminster

It all starts with a party…

Ben is from an aristocratic family  and has it all : confidence, wealth and class. Martin manages to get a place at the same school Ben is at and does everything he can to insinuate himself into his life.

The setting here  is social acceptance, a society quick to judge, the charm yet cruelty of the upper classes

Burtonbury School is fictional as are other locations in the novel. Cambridge, the feel, essence and sense of privilege makes up the real setting in this novel.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Party

Destination : Cambridge  Author/Guide: Elizabeth Day  Departure Time: 1980s, 2000s

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