<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=610419235832899&ev=PageView &noscript=1"/>


'Darkly funny as Saltburn, but with kilts' - Val McDermid

by Hugo Rifkind


Available Formats:

in stock

Buy E-book
via Glassboxx
ISBN: 9781788856621
Published: 06 Jun 2024
Format: E-Book
Extent: 352
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon
  • Share:


About the Book

Tommo has just moved to a prestigious boarding school. A product of the middle class, and with new-found independence thrust upon him, he finds himself invited into fading crumbling country houses.

It’s the early nineties and the elite he is now surrounded by is struggling for relevance. Alienated from the mainstream, and running low on inherited wealth, his peers have retreated into snobbery and fatalism. Initially awed by their poise and seduced by their hedonism, Tommo gradually becomes aware of sinister undercurrents and a suppressed rage that threatens to explode into violence.

In this world, half-remembered traditions mix with decadence and an awful lot of small dead animals. And sometimes, not just animals. When Tommo’s friend Johnnie’s brother is found dead, a shotgun at his feet, he realises there are secrets that everyone knows, but no one speaks about, or even acknowledges. And those secrets can no longer be hidden.

'Keeps the outrageous laughs and twists coming in equal measure' – Alexander Larman, The Observer

The Author

Hugo Rifkind

Hugo Rifkind is a columnist, critic and leader writer for The Times and a presenter on Times Radio, having formerly been a columnist for the Spectator, GQ and the Herald. He is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s comedy show The News Quiz, and an occasional guest on television shows that aren’t supposed to be funny at all. He was born and raised in Edinburgh, studied in Cambridge, and now lives in North London in a house where everybody else speaks German, including the dog.

You may also like…

  • Paperback | Pub: 07 Jul 2022

    Based on a remarkable true story of love and survival. In June 1940, the Channel Islands are occupied by Hitler’s forces. Hedy Bercu, a young woman who fled from Vienna to Jersey to escape the Occupation, finds herself once more entrapped by...

  • Paperback | Pub: 07 Apr 2022

    Based on personal memories of his life in Ireland and Scotland in the early 1900s, this was Patrick MacGill’s first novel. It tells the story of Dermod Flynn an independent and feisty youth who earns a meagre living as an itinerant farm hand in...

  • Paperback | Pub: 02 Jun 2022

    ‘An outstanding mystery thriller… Noir fans won’t want to miss it’ – Publishers Weekly (Starred) ‘A riveting, brutal journey into the high stakes world of legacy art and inherited wealth’ – Denise Mina,...