Released on 23 February 2017.

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A Sport and a Pastime

Picador Classic

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With an introduction by Sarah Hall

The 1960s. Philip Dean, a footloose Yale dropout, is touring provincial France and sometimes Paris in a borrowed, once elegant car. He begins a mismatched affair with a young shop girl named Anne-Marie. Together they burn in an everyday but stunningly sensual paradise.

A Sport and A Pastime is a seductive classic that established James Salter's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. It is remarkable for its eroticism, its luminous prose and its ability to explore the boundaries between what is dreamt and what is lived, between body and soul.

In the media

A tour de force of erotic realism, a romantic cliffhanger
New York Times
He has written three books that everyone should read before they die: A Sport and a Pastime, Light Years and his recollections, Burning the Days
Salter is the contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers . . . He can, when he wants, break your heart with a sentence
Washington Post