With nods to Evelyn Waugh and Donna Tartt, 24-year-old Ivo Stourton arrives on the literary scene with The Night Climbers, set against the extremely scenic backdrop of Cambridge University. Ten years after leaving Cambridge, events cause James Walker to revisit his time at the University in the 1990s, where, as a wide-eyed, social-climbing undergraduate he fell into a glamorous and tightly knit group who, to the outside world, lived an enchanted life of high living, black-tie dances, private drinking clubs and daredevil escapades. However, their existence is not nearly as charmed as it appears to outsiders and it is not long before young James learns that those who fly too close to the sun tend to find themselves plummeting to the ground with undue force....
About the Author: Ivo Stourton, son of
journalist and BBC correspondent Edward Stourton,
was born in 1982 and educated at Eton and Corpus
Christi College Cambridge, where he achieved a
Double 1st in English. He first came into the public
eye at 17 when he wrote and starred in "Kassandragay",
an award winning Edinburgh festival production about
the Vietnam war. In June 2006 he was signed in a two
book deal by publishing house Random House. His
first book, The Night Climbers, was published
in the UK in June 2007 and in the USA in September
"Massively frightened of heights" Stourton has not attempted "night climbing" himself, other than on one drunken night when he found himself clinging to a chimney pot 20 feet about a friend's window. He is ...
Blood at the Root
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