Finer Things (Paperback)
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Finer Things (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 27/06/2019
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London: 1963. The lives of a professional shoplifter and a young art student collide. Delia needs to atone for a terrible mistake; Tess is desperate to convince herself she really is an artist.

Elsewhere in London, the Krays are on the rise and a gang war is in the offing.

Tess's relationship with her gay best friend grows unexpectedly complicated, and Delia falls for a man she's been paid to betray. At last, the two women find a resolution together - a performance that is both Delia's goodbye to crime and Tess's one genuine work of art.

Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781912240685
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 20 mm


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A vivid, satisfying walk through sixties London.

* The Wee Review *

Bloody excellent.

-- Rob Palk, author of Animal Lovers

Beautiful... A truly brilliant debut novel.

* The Caffeinated Reader blog *

Utterly captivating... Absolutely hilarious, this is a rich and fulfilling story that leaves you eager for more. Wharton's writing style is oozing with eloquence, wit and nuance.

-- Chiara Bullen * CommonSpace *

Strong characters and a vivid recreation of the times.

-- Alastair Mabbott * The Herald *

Vibrant, absorbing and bursting with the unexpected, Finer Things is a sideways look at 1960s London, in which art school bohemia meets the gangster underworld. It is full of spot-on observations about the subtle power play in human interaction. I was immediately drawn into its vivid world.

-- Catherine Simpson

An evocative portrait of two women navigating 1960's London.

-- Mahsuda Snaith

David Wharton's novel unfolds with all the style, pace and drama of a British New Wave movie. It is a very fine thing indeed.

-- Jonathan Taylor

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“A stylish read with some brilliant characters”

Finer Things is a stylish read set in the early 1960s, with cultural references that lend it an authenticity to the era. I enjoyed the author’s use of the rising dominance of the Krays, and the anti-apartheid... More

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“Sharp & Amusing”

David Wharton has created a layered, fabulous novel set in London in the 1960s. It is a wonderful portrait of thirty-eight-year-old Delia, and Tess Green whose worlds come together though they normally move in... More

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“Generic story”

This was ok. It was neither brilliant nor bad. I liked how the seedier side of London was in 1962, but I felt some of the characters were a bit out of step with the times. I didn’t really connect with any of the... More

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