On the surface, mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby has everything, but he maintains a distance from those in his orbit, the guests at his constant decadent parties who indulge in all that sensuous 'Roaring Twenties' New York has to offer. Everything glitters, but beneath the glamour there is lost love, there is moral failure. Then, tragedy.
Features the English seaman Marlow who tells the story of his time as a riverboat captain for a trading company on the Congo, specifically his intense interest in investigating the mysterious Kurtz, an ivory-procurement agent with almost godlike status.
American psychiatrist Dick Diver and his wife Nicole are glamorous socialites, enjoying sparkling lives amidst a flurry of decadent associates in dazzling 1920s France. But Dick has a weakness, Nicole has a secret, and the entrance of a youthful actress catalyses the unravelling of relationships and tarnishes life under the Riviera sun.
Europe is close to war and spies are everywhere. Richard Hannay, bored and world-weary in London, encounters Scudder, an American stranger who has discovered a plot to assassinate the Greek Premier which could lead the world into war. When Scudder is found dead, Hannay is the obvious suspect. Burdened with this terrible secret he must run.
The family is cursed; at least that is the hypothesis when Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the dark and eerie moors near his home, the footprints of some ferocious beast by his lifeless body. In these wild and haunting surroundings it is down to Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Dr Watson, to solve the mystery of the killing.
Features John Dowell who is attempting to recount 'the saddest story he has ever heard'. Interrupted incessantly by his own haphazard ramblings, he reflects on the time he and his now-deceased wife spent in the company of Edward and Leonora Ashburnham as he attempts to unpick the complex nature of the relationship between these two couples.
What is Art? What is value? What is good taste? What makes a cultured class? The author wrestled with these questions for fifteen years. This book is the result of his fascination with the evolution of art, and its relationship with religion, commerce, and science.