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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Secker & Warburg
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Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. He lives in Milan.
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