South of the River
Morrison, Blake. 2007. South of the River. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701180461 [Book]
Abstract or Description
A novel which opens on May 2nd 1997, the morning after new Labour's landslide election victory, and which ends five years later. The political backdrop is inescapable but this is not so much 'state of the nation' as state of our souls – an epic tale about a group of averagely unhappy and typically dysfunctional characters. There's Nat, failed dramatist and reluctant lecturer, falling for a younger woman; Anthea, an eco-friendly lost soul obsessed with foxes; Libby, hardworking mother and advertising executive, the family breadwinner; Harry, Nat's friend and ex-pupil, a journalist on a local paper, with a guilty secret; and Jack, Nat's blimpish but poignant uncle, who lives for fox-hunting, and runs a failing engineering company in East Anglia. Beneath the bright familiar world of Blair's Britain, there's a dark undertow of personal distress and disenchantment. And beyond the main protagonists we glimpse a wide range of other lives - young and old, metropolitan and rural, black and white.