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  • Published: 5 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869799991
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 312


'Soon is a sly, masterly novel' - Malcolm Forbes, The Literary Review

Clever and intriguing, this novel from an award-winning author explores the arid morality of the privileged.

During the long summer holiday, the Lampton and Hallwright families gather in a large beach house belonging to Prime Minister David Hallwright and his wife Roza. The weather is perfect and outwardly all is well, but the harmony is disturbed when Simon Lampton’s brother Ford arrives for a visit. Ford casts a cold eye over the company, barely disguising his contempt for David Hallwright. To add to
Simon’s discomfort a young man called Arthur Weeks makes contact, asking about Simon’s secret
past love affair, while Roza tells her small son Johnnie a continuous story about a group of fantasy creatures — a story that contains uncomfortable parallels with their current lives. When Simon agrees to meet secretly with Arthur Weeks, the result will threaten the security of them all.

Charlotte Grimshaw’s exhilaratingly gripping and clever narrative traces the lives of its beautiful people — ‘moral imbeciles’ in Ford’s words — as they jostle for position in their leader’s court. This humane and capacious novel, generous and faithful to its characters in ways that they are not to each other, articulates the ancient idea that to be moral is an act of consciousness, an effort of will.

A stand-alone novel that is also a sequel to The Night Book and a continuation of the Simon Lampton story first touched on in Opportunity and Singularity.

  • Published: 5 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869799991
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 312

About the author

Charlotte Grimshaw

Charlotte Grimshaw is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels and outstanding collections of linked stories, which have been published in New Zealand, the UK and Canada. As a reviewer in The New Zealand Listener noted: ‘A swarming energy pervades every page she writes . . . her descriptive writing has always been of the highest order. Most of it would work just as well as poetry.’

She has been a double finalist and prize winner in the Sunday Star-Times short story competition, and in 2006 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. In 2007 she won a Book Council Six Pack prize. Her story collection Opportunity was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O’Connor International Prize, and in 2008 Opportunity won New Zealand’s premier Montana Award for Fiction or Poetry. She was also the 2008 Montana Book Reviewer of the Year. Her story collection Singularity was short-listed for the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Prize and the South East Asia and Pacific section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Grimshaw’s fourth novel, The Night Book, was shortlisted for the 2011 NZ Post Award. She writes a monthly column in Metro magazine, for which she has won the Qantas Media Award. She has also won reviewer of the Year at the Voyager Media Awards in both 2018 and 2019.

Commenting in The Guardian, Jane Campion said, ‘She is a master of mystery, very contemporary and astute. Her language is relaxed, spare and perfect.’

A full list of Charlotte Grimshaw’s titles, reviews and selected Metro columns can be found on her website: http://www.charlottegrimshawauthor.com/

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Praise for Soon

This taut suspense novel eschews conventional catharsis in a study of a man corrupted by proximity to power. . . Readers expecting traditional nemesis to take familiar form should look elsewhere, but people seeking a tightly plotted, incisive depiction of the corrosive effects of power will find time spent reading this novel well invested.

Publishers Weekly

This chilling psychological thriller set in New Zealand is as great an introduction to the works of Grimshaw as any reader will need. She takes us into the world of power money and power politics and sets it all at an idyllic beach in a perfect summer. Prime Minister David Hallwright and Dr. Simon Lampton are dead friends, their families tied by more than ordinary friendships. Then things begin to go awry. This is a truly riveting novel.

Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

Finally, there is the stunning achievement of Soon . . . Grimshaw brilliantly demonstrates how far the boundaries of the crime genre can now be expanded. On one level, Soon is an often satirical view of insider politics in a sister Commonwealth country. It is also an absorbing study in personal relationships as it examines the shifting dynamics among two families, one led by the most powerful person in the country, the other linked to the prime minister and his household by a shared but festering bond. Crimes here are subtle - political, corporate and moral - but they fuel an accelerating crisis. And, suddenly, you realized you're enmeshed in an unconventional thriller that will carry you along to a smash climax.

JAMIE PORTMAN, The Vancouver Sun

Grimshaw’s prose has confidence and clarity, and she knows how to build something nervous into her narratives.

Jack Batten, The Star, Toronto

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