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Description - Some Great Thing by Colin McAdam

Ottawa in the seventies is a field of dreams- a developing city, ripe for the taking. Two men, from different ends of society, see the opportunities- Jerry McGuinty, plasterer-turned-builder, a simple, self-made man, and Simon Struthers, who has inherited wealth and position, all the trappings of success, but is a cipher of a man, with nothing inside him but longing. As their careers and successes run in parallel - Jerry with his new wife, Kathleen, who likes a drink even more than she likes him, and Simon with his endless affairs and intrigues - we begin to see how love is suffocated by work, how individuals are slowly cruchsed by progress. When both men finally understand what they are losing, and go in search of it, their lives start to intersect, and the story spirals to its astonishing conclusion. A thrillingly original novel about ambition and desire, power and corruption. SOME GREAT THING has the same epic emotional grandeeur as The Great Gatsby. With great skill, and with huge compassion for his broken characters and their thwarted dreams, Colin McAdam has created one of the finest first novels of recent years.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099458944
ISBN-10: 0099458942
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Colin McAdam

Colin McAdam is a Canadian who grew up in Hong Kong, Denmark, England and Canada. After completing a doctorate in England, he moved to Sydney, Australia, where he now lives.

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