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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407051635
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272


What would you do if you suddenly inherited £17 million?

What would you do if you suddenly and unexpectedly inherited £17million?

This is what happens to Andy Larkham, recently jilted lover, and resentfully underpaid publishing minion. Arriving late to the funeral of his favourite schoolteacher, he ends up in the wrong chapel with one other mourner, too embarrassed to leave. Pressured to sign the register, little does he realise what effect that signature will have upon his life.

The extraordinary story that follows tells of one man's failed love, the temptations of unanticipated wealth, the secrets of damaged families and the price of being true to oneself. It is a romance for our times.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407051635
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Nicholas Shakespeare

Nicholas Shakespeare was born in 1957. The son of a diplomat, much of his youth was spent in the Far East and South America. His novels have been translated into twenty languages. They include The Vision Of Elena Silves, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, Snowleg and The Dancer Upstairs, which was chosen by the American Libraries Association in 1997 as the year's best novel, and in 2001 was made into a film of the same name by John Malkovich. Recent books include Secrets of the Sea and Priscilla. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married with two sons and divides his time between Oxford and Tasmania.

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Praise for Inheritance

A dissection of the emotional fissures that tear families apart

Mail on Sunday

A novel of scintillating brilliance... a modern myth of good and evil... Gripping


A sort of historical treatise follows, one that is devoid of the kind of colourful details which abound in stereotypical lottery daydreams, but which nevertheless endears the reader to Andy and his cause, and sets up an enticing conclusion'

Sunday Business Post

A tremendous and captivating writer


Completely riveting and very funny indeed. Shakespeare at his empathetic best, as he mines the fragile seam of our desire to be loved for who we are

Sunday Telegraph

Enviably good

Louis de Bernières, Sunday Times

One of our best and truest novelists

The Times

So full of surprises that even to start describing it you have to give a few away...compelling

Sunday Times

The novel...is thoughtful and beautifully written, examining lost lives, chances and choices

Daily Mail

Thoughtful and beautifully observed... Never predictable, this novel combines a remarkable narrative force with the lightest of touches. A book to savour and pass on

The Economist

Utterly absorbing and enjoyable...a romance which moves with assurance from wild improbability to a reconciliation with things as they may truly be


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