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The Night Climbers

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James, a first-year student at Cambridge, is overwhelmed by the thrill of opportunity and startled by his own hunger for friendship. He finds himself seduced by a covert and exclusive circle of friends - the 'Tudor Night Climbers' - who scale the university's turrets after dark, transforming it into a dangerous playground of spiralling heights. When still only a novice member of his tribe, James begins to fall for the only female in the group, the enigmatic and beautiful Jessica, and is soon at the heart of a fatal love triangle with the reckless and charismatic leader of the group, Francis. When a volatile relationship finally explodes, the Night Climbers' funding suddenly dries up, until Francis dreams up a heist that will secure them millions, but will also test their very souls. Partly inspired by the original 'Night Climbers' of the Sixties who famously made dare-devil leaps from college roofs, this passionate exploration of youth at its most vital and unstable marks the debut of a strikingly gifted new writer.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 261g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552773832
  • 9780552773836
  • 1,099,577

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"Lapped up The Secret History? Then this one's for you . . . Stourton can really write . . . his next move will certainly be worth watching." * Independent on Sunday * "An amazingly accomplished debut . . . the writing is elegant, the story decadent." * Observer * "I love this book. So exhilarating, authentic and vivid. It made me want to become a Cambridge student all over again." * Nicholas Coleridge * "Tightly sprung and compulsively readable" * Literary Review * "Stourton is a storyteller with perfect poise" * Spectator *show more

About Ivo Stourton

Ivo Stourton was born in 1982 and graduated from Cambridge with a double first in English. He is the son of Radio Four Today presenter Ed Stourton. He is at work on his second novel, a page-turning gothic thriller.show more

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"Tightly sprung and compulsively readable"show more

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'An amazingly accomplished début ...the writing is elegant, the story decadent' Observer James, a new student at Cambridge, is overwhelmed by the thrill of opportunity and startled by his own hunger for friendship. He finds himself seduced by a covert and exclusive circle of friends - the 'Tudor Night Climbers' - who scale the university's turrets after dark, transforming it into a dangerous playground of spiralling heights. When he falls head over heels for the enigmatic Jessica, James finds himself in a fatal love triangle with the group's reckless leader, Francis. But there is soon to be much more at stake when Francis dreams up a heist that will test their very souls. 'Tightly sprung and compulsively readable' Literary Review 'I love this book. So exhilarating, authentic and vivid' Nicholas Coleridge Heralds the début of a brilliant writer' Spectatorshow more

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296 ratings
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4 23% (69)
3 39% (116)
2 25% (75)
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