A darkly perceptive coming-of-age tale set in a Liverpool the 1950s from Beryl Bainbridge, tied together at the end with her trademark skill.

In 1950, the Liverpool repertory theatre company is rehearsing its Christmas production of Peter Pan, a story of childhood innocence and loss. Stella has been taken on as assistant stage manager and quickly becomes obsessed with Meredith, the dissolute director. But it is only when the celebrated O’Hara arrives to take the lead that a different drama unfolds. In it, he and Stella are bound together in a past that neither dares to interpret.

Shortlisted
The Booker Prize 1990
Published by
Duckworth
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Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge

About the Author

Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool, England. In 2008, The Times included Bainbridge in their list of the 10 greatest British writers since 1945.
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Other nominated books by Beryl Bainbridge

According to Queeney
Master Georgie
Every Man for Himself
The Bottle Factory Outing
The Dressmaker