About this book
A groundbreaking novel from the Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and IMPAC Award. It takes on the subject of race, and looks at the roots of violence within the family and within British society. 'A transcendent work.' "Daily Telegraph"
Alfred White, a London park-keeper, rules his home with a mixture of ferocity and tenderness that has estranged his three children. When Alfred collapses on duty one day, they rush to be with him. His daughter's partner, Elroy, a black social-worker, is brought face to face with Alfred's younger son Dirk, who hates and fears all black people.