Finer Things

Finer Things

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 212g
  • Dingwall, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912240688
  • 9781912240685
  • 1,147,778

Review quote

`Strong characters and a vivid recreation of the times.' -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; '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; `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
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About David Wharton

David Wharton grew up in Northumberland and lives in Leicester, where he has worked in education for many years. He now divides his time between writing fiction and training English teachers. Finer Things is his first novel.
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20 ratings
4.5 out of 5 stars
5 60% (12)
4 30% (6)
3 10% (2)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
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