Last of the Pleasure Gardens

4 based on 1 ratings & 0 reviews on Goodreads.com

A child is born . . .

Even when it comes late in life, after the rest of the family has grown up and gone away, you cannot fail to feel a flush of pleasure and hope.

But when the child shows little inclination to speak and seems unable to grasp the rudiments of walking, when your fears slowly and horribly mount, the awful truth must be faced and hope crashes to tragedy and pain.

So with Barbara and Peter and their late-born son Tim. This is the brilliant story of the agony that enters their settled life: the obsessiveness, the dangerous selfless love, the heart-wrenching contradictions, and the violence – both mental and physical.

About Francis King

Born in Switzerland, Francis King spent his childhood in India, where his father was a government official. While still an undergraduate at Oxford he published his first three novels. He then joined the British Council, working in Italy, Greece, Egypt, Finland and Japan, before he resigned to devote himself entirely to writing. For some years he was drama critic for the Sunday Telegraph and he reviewed fiction regularly for the Spectator. He won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Katherine Mansfield Prize and the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year Award for Act of Darkness (1983). His penultimate book, The Nick of Time, was long-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize. Francis King died in 2011. " " " " 'One of our great writers, of the calibre of Graham Greene and Nabokov.' Beryl Bainbridge

Read More

Books by Francis King

The Custom House
The Custom House
The Japanese Umbrella: and other stories
The Japanese Umbrella: and other stories
The Waves Behind the Boat
The Waves Behind the Boat
A Domestic Animal
A Domestic Animal
The Action
The Action
Act of Darkness
Act of Darkness
Frozen Music
Frozen Music
Punishments
Punishments
The Nick of Time
The Nick of Time
To the Dark Tower
To the Dark Tower
Never Again
Never Again
The Widow
The Widow
A Game of Patience
A Game of Patience
The Woman Who Was God
The Woman Who Was God
Secret Lives: a novella
Secret Lives: a novella
The Firewalkers
The Firewalkers
The Dividing Stream
The Dividing Stream
Voices in an Empty Room
Voices in an Empty Room
The One and Only
The One and Only
Cold Snap
Cold Snap
Prodigies
Prodigies
The Sunlight on the Garden
The Sunlight on the Garden
With My Little Eye
With My Little Eye