The Birthday Present

Author(s): Barbara Vine


Mention his name and most people will say, 'Who?' while the rest think for a bit and ask if he wasn't the one who got involved in all that sleaze back whenever it was ...? It's late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing: between Ivor Tesham, a thirty-three year old rising star of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, and Hebe Furnal, a stunning North London housewife stuck in a dull marriage. What excitement Hebe lacks at home, however, is amply compensated for by the well-bred and intensely attractive Tesham - an ardent womanizer and ambitious politican. On the eve of her twenty-eighth birthday, Tesham decides to give Hebe a present to remember: something far more memorable than, say, the costly string of pearls he's already lavished upon her. Involving a fashionable new practice known as 'adventure sex', a man arranges for his unsuspecting but otherwise willing girlfriend to be snatched from the street, bound and gagged, and delivered to him at a mutually agreed venue...Set amidst an age of IRA bombings, the first Gulf War, and sleazy politics, "The Birthday Present" is the gripping story of a fall from grace, and of a man who carries within him all the hypocrisy, greed and self-obsession of a troubled era. First published 2008.


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Praise for Barbara Vine
"One of the most remarkable novelists of her generation."
"The best mystery writer in the English-speaking world."
"One of the ï¬ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂnest practitioners of her craft in the English-speaking world."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Her clear, shapely prose casts the mesmerizing spell of the confessional."
--"The New Yorker"
"A brilliant writer."
--"Chicago Tribune"
"Queen of suspense. . . . She's a master of technique."
--"Detroit Free Press"
"Surely one of the greatest novelists presently at work in our language."
--Scott Turow
"Those who haven't read her books have missed something unique and wonderful."
--Tony Hillerman
"Barbara Vine has transcended her genre by her remarkable imaginative power to explore and illuminate the dark corners of the human psyche."
--P. D. James
"Unequivocally the most brilliant mystery writer of our time. She magniï¬ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂcently triumphs in a style that is uniquely hers and mesmerizing."
--Patricia Cornwell

General Fields

  • : 9780670917624
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Viking
  • : August 2008
  • : 232mm X 152mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Barbara Vine
  • : Paperback
  • : 8-Aug
  • : 288