Budding playwright Luke Kanowski begins a new life in 1970s London and enjoys unexpected success alongside two talented, ambitious friends.
As Luke becomes a highly sought after playwright, he is caught in two triangles where love, friendship and art will clash with terrible consequences. From the bestselling author of THE OUTCAST comes an elegant and romantic story about the theatre of love., As read on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime Luke is a young playwright: intense, magnetic and hungry for experience. Fleeing a disastrous upbringing in the North East he arrives in London and shares a flat with Paul , an aspiring producer, and beautiful, fiery Leigh . The three of them set up a radical theatre company, their friendship forged in rehearsal rooms above pubs, candlelit power cuts, and smoky late-night parties, part of a thrilling new generation of writers, directors and rising voices. When Nina, a fragile actress, strays towards their group, Luke recognises a damaged soul and the balance between the friends is threatened. Luke is torn between loyalty, desire and his own painful past, until everything he values, even the promise of the future, is in danger. Suddenly the fallout threatens to be immense.