‘I write of father and son’ is how the author opens this novel, which is a classic story about English upper-class life and the changing values of the late 20th century. The patrician figure of the father, an industrial magnate, is a pillar of the community. Through the figure of his young son, emerging from Eton to take his place in the scheme of things, the cracks become visible and certainties shatter. Yet, at its deepest level, Decline is a story of redemptive hope – and the title wilfully contrary.
‘I was moved and impressed … The relationship between father and son is beautifully done.’
‘This is one of the most powerful books I’ve read.’
‘… infused with a profound sense of irony and realistic sympathy.’
William Cooper – Literary Review
‘Decline … has above all the ability to show, with the right artistic detachment, a complex reality with no visible solutions.’
Isabel Quigly – Financial Times