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The Villa Golitsyn

Piers Paul Read

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ISBN 13: 9781468306859
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Paperback
Overlook
12/04/2012

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Set in the south of France, the novel follows two men, former diplomat Willy Ludley, who had been accused of a terrible act of treason years earlier, and Simon Milson, Ludley’s friend from Cambridge, now on assignment from the British foreign office to dig into Ludley's past. Milson finagles an invitation to the Ludley's house in the south of France, turns up with an underage school girl he meets in the train, and amidst much drinking, philosophical banter, and sexual temptation, they dig into the past. When The Villa Golitsyn was first published in 1981, the reviews were great. Time magazine wrote "it can be read once for fun and a second time for enlightenment." Pier Paul Read is the number one bestselling author of Alive: Story Of The Andes Survivors. That book is certainly a testament to Read’s storytelling skills and psychological insight. His Villa Golitsyn, a superb and intelligent thriller, is a great candidate for reissue, like the novels of Charles McCarry.

Praise for Piers Paul Read

"A remarkable novel. Witty, even cynical, observation leads to a conclusion profoundly moving." (On Monk Dawson) —Graham Greene

"If Dostoyevsky were reincarnated as an Englishman, he might write novels like Piers Paul Read." —Time

"It is a great relief to know that there are still such accomplished storytellers in our midst." —Philip Kerr

"Read feels no need to manipulate his characters into consistency; instead, like most of us, they thrive on puzzling self-contradictions, and bare their natures through moments of irrational impulsiveness." —Helen Dunmore

"Piers Paul Read tells a good story and writes with distinction." —William Trevor

"Read is one of Britain’s most intelligent and disturbing writers." —Malcolm Bradbury

"A wonderfully observed study of ambition, money, politics and the legal profession, full of recognizable scandals and skulduggery." (On A Married Man) —Paul Theroux

"A marvelous novel of great scope and understanding." (On The Free Frenchman) —Anita Brookner

"He is a profoundly serious contemporary writer." —D. J. Taylor

"Beautifully written …the plot unfolds without a wasted word." (On On the Third Day) —Ruth Rendell

"It is a great relief to know that there are still such accomplished storytellers in our midst." —Philip Kerr

"Read feels no need to manipulate his characters into consistency; instead, like most of us, they thrive on puzzling self-contradictions, and bare their natures through moments of irrational impulsiveness." —Helen Dunmore


Piers Paul Read is a journalist and the author of 14 acclaimed novels, including most recently, The Misogynist, and several works of nonfiction including the international bestseller Alive! The Story of the Andes Survivors and The Dreyfus Affair. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Times and the Spectator. He lives in London.

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