NO TELLING, Adam Thorpe's fifth novel, is set in 1968 in the Parisian suburbs and narrated by twelve- year- old Gilles as he approaches his First Communion, puberty, and some sense of the chaos around him. His home is deeply dysfunctional: a dithering mother, a hard- drinking, womanising uncle who becomes his stepfather, and an older sister, Carole- an unbalanced revolutionary who hasn't danced her ballet steps since the death of their real father in 1960. Gilles is blithely unaware that any of this is out of the ordinary, as he and his friend Christophe try and piece together a world from fragments of rumour and hushed adult conversation. There is a deeper trauma here, however, far more shocking than anything Gilles could have dreamt of- a mystery it will take the events of the novel and eight years to resolve. Set against a backdrop of a turbulent France- as it lurches from rural piety, and a hundred years of terrible history, to a hurried modernity- Adam Thorpe has written a tour- de- force of compassion, humour and storytelling brilliance, seen through the eyes of an adolescent boy. Culminating in the Paris riots of May '68, NO TELLING is a thrilling and beautifully observed study of a boy's bewildered innocence and slowly dawning understanding in a world of open revolt and buried secrets.
"Meticulously observed...a riveting tour de force... Impossible to put down" * Daily Telegraph *
"A wonderful, clear-eyed portrayal of a child's bewildered negotiations with the adult world, shot through with evocative details... No Telling is beautifully written, extremely moving...not merely readable, but gripping" * Independent *
"An extraordinarily beautiful and moving novel, the best yet from one of the finest and most underrated writers working in English today" -- John Burnside * Scotsman *
"Wonderful...the imaginative tour-de-force Thorpe achieves with No Telling confirms his status as an A-Team novelist" * Financial Times *
"It is beautifully done. Thorpe perfectly captures the inconsequential nature of adolescence...powerful reading" * The Economist *