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A compelling novel of revenge told with wit and skill.

Ned Maddstone has the world at his feet. He is handsome, talented and about to go to Cambridge, after which he is expected to follow his father into politics. But an unfortunate confrontation with a boy in his school results in a prank that goes badly wrong and suddenly he’s incarcerated – without chance of release. So begins a year long process of torment and hopelessness, which will destroy his very identity, until almost nothing remains of him but this unquenchable desire for revenge.

Inspired by the Count of Monte Cristo, Fry’s psychological thriller is written with the pace, wit and shrewd insight that we have come to expect from one of our finest novelists.

Reviews

A gruesome romp through the canon of human wickedness

The Times

Fry isn't just a good writer as comedians go - he's a great writer by the standards of any British contemporary... gleaming and wit-fuelled... It keeps you simultaneously gripped and chuckling throughout.

Later

A Count of Monte Cristo for the dot.com generation... Whatever Stephen Fry does, he has it - that rare, unlearnable quality. When he speaks you listen. When he writes, you read.

Literary Review

Stylish... written up with zest and humour... a page-turner and full of fun

Spectator

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  • Paperback

    9780099471554

    October 1, 2004

    Arrow

    448 pages

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    9781409022350

    August 1, 2011

    Cornerstone Digital

    448 pages

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