“You too perhaps remember the promise of those days. I can oly say that for me it was then like spring. Spring and a new life. But now after only a few years . . . ” Russian born Dominic is addressing his British born wife. Although their lives are becoming unstuck, Dominic’s was one of the success stories of the eighties, when yuppies made fortunes on the stock market . . . . . . Ray Tebbutt is among the unlucky ones. He was involved in a bankruptcy in the mid-eighties . . . . . . Peter Petrik, a dissident Czech film director, lives in Prague, dreaming of making more films when times improve . . . . . . The lifelines of these people and others – comic and sad by turns in true Aldiss fashion – converge towards the finality of an IRA bomb epuisode in Great Yarmouth.
FIRST EDITION: HarperCollins, 1993