WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOHN BURNSIDE When Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys a remote house on the rocks by the sea. He hopes to escape from his tumultuous love affairs but unexpectedly bumps into his childhood sweetheart and sets his heart on destroying her marriage. His equilibrium is further disturbed when his friends all decide to come and keep him company and Charles finds his seaside idyll severely threatened by his obsessions.
The warmth and charisma of Derek Jacobi's voice reading the first person narration made me go on listening to the very end. Christina Hardyment, The Independent Derek Jacobi is compelling as Arrowbury [he] captures that removed emotion and conveys the disturbing nature of this story, hidden among the frivolity Kim Bunce, Observer a pacey and gloriously intelligent black comedy Karen Robinson, Sunday Times