Award-winning, bestselling author Michael Arditti's ninth novel, set in the UK.
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Michael Arditti was born in Cheshire and educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. He began his literary career writing plays, of which several were produced on the stage and the radio. He has written theatre criticism for The Times, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Sunday Express, and was, for many years, a regular reviewer for the Evening Standard. He currently reviews books for several papers and is a regular broadcaster on the BBC. His novel Easter, published in 2000, won the first Waterstone's Mardi Gras Award and was shortlisted for the Creative Freedom Award. Unity (2005) was shortlisted for the 2006 Wingate / Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize.Review:
'Arditti's fictional Francombe is a familiar seaside town and a brilliantly revealing microcosm of a society where greed and power are embraced - Widows and Orphans is powerfully realistic. Arditti has written an uncomfortable but very readable novel about the careless greeds of the way we live now.' -- Helen Dunmore * Guardian * 'No one is missed by Arditti's crystal-clear eye. Widows and Orphans is at its heart, a compelling portrait of life in 21st century Britain for the everyman - While Duncan Neville struggles to keep his newspaper afloat, Arditti has no such trouble with the novel. The pages turn themselves.' -- Eleanor Doughty * Standpoint * 'A charming paean to a lost and vanished England.' * Catholic Herald * 'Arditti's gently satirical novel is a moral tale of lost causes in a changing world, with old causes and caring communities under threat.' -- Phil Baker * Sunday Times * 'Enjoyable and diverting, Arditti's prose is engaging and his material is studiously observed, particularly in the passages about the declining fortunes of Duncan's beloved paper. Moving and astute, it's a novel for anyone who has ever flicked through the paper and failed to recognise the country they're reading about.' -- Jennifer Lipman * Jewish Chronicle * 'At a time when 'good' can so often be synonymous with uninteresting and bland, Arditti has constructed a complex, witty and thoughtful portrait of an innately decent man and the messy modern world he lives in.' -- Amber Pearson * Daily Mail * 'A plot concerning the fate of the historic local pier provides an entertaining narrative motor, while Arditti's wit and typically breezy style keep the pages turning effortlessly.' -- Stephanie Cross * The Lady * 'Arditti has a mischievous take on small town politics, and the characters are brilliant. Benign satire, with a bite.' -- Kate Saunders * The Times * 'For all the sparky one-liners, the crisp satire on small-town preoccupations and the increasingly hilarious newspaper columns prefacing each chapter, this is a profound and unsettling book - Like a Graham Greene for our time, Arditti has written an exquisite novel which traces the challenging journey of the human heart towards the grace of acceptance.' -- Lucy Beresford * Spectator * 'One of the many pleasures of this novel is the range and depth of the author's sympathies. Moreover, Arditti has a fine eye for the significant detail and the novel is beautifully constructed - It is funny and moving and deeply tender.' -- Allan Massie * Scotsman * 'There are splendidly comic scenes worthy of Alan Ayckbourn. While the deeply moving last chapter is like the final movement of a string quartet, weaving together the various themes. Arditti's strength in creating an entire community, full of rich and contrasting characters has resulted in a satisfying book, full of insight, pain, compassion and humour. I cannot recommend it highly enough.' -- James Roose-Evans * Ham and High *
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Buchbeschreibung Arcadia Books Feb 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - The 9th novel by the bestselling and award-winning author, this focuses on the life of a struggling editor at a local paper on the south coast of England. Now in paperback. ''Widows & Orphans' is powerfully realistic.' Helen Dunmore, 'Guardian' 351 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781910050644