"Early nineteenth-century France had Balzac, we have Tim Pears" - "The Times". "Tim Pears specialises in grand panoramas of our national life: teeming casts and multi-tracked plotting heavy with the scent of zeitgeist" - "Guardian". "His genius lies in telling a story"- "Daily Telegraph". In this, his fourth novel, the highly acclaimed novelist Tim Pears again creates a unique portrait of the world in which we live. John is a successful businessman, happily married with a wife and baby. Why is he circling the ring road of his city, unable to face his family, his work, his brother? As he passes the same exit again and again, his life unfolds in front of the reader. And as the story progress, it becomes steadily more sinister as we are forced to see the dilemma at the heart of this novel - how well do we ever know those we work with, live with, place our trust in? This gripping novel is a stunning exploration into what it means to live in these times and who exactly is the enemy.
Tim Pears was born in 1956. He is the author of three novels: IN THE PLACE OF FALLEN LEAVES (winner of the Hawthornden Prize for Literature and the Ruth Hadden Award), IN A LAND OF PLENTY and A REVOLUTION OF THE SUN. Tim Pears lives in Wales and Oxford.