Finer Things (Paperback)David Wharton (author)
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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
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 20 mm
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
“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
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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