Tim Parks’ comic novel explores what happens when obsessive love goes wrong, through an eloquent and embittered stream of consciousness.

Jeremiah Marlowe, a professor in his mid-40s, is unrequitedly in love with the Frenchwoman for whom he left his wife and who then abandoned him. Devastated and on the verge of a breakdown, he accompanies a busload of students from Milan, where he teaches, to Strasbourg, on the slim chance that he may run into her.

The Booker Prize 1997
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Tim Parks

Tim Parks

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Tim Parks is unique among Booker Prize authors in also being shortlisted for a major sports book prize (for A Season with Verona) and a health book prize (for Teach Us to Sit Still).
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