Winner of the 1998 Booker Prize
Gathered at the North London funeral of Molly Lane - desirable, talented, dead at 46 of an unspecified, madness-inducing disease - are her unpopular widower George, a plutocratic publisher, and at least three of her lovers. Clive Linley is a successful but conservative composer. Vernon Halliday is the latest editor of 'the Judge'...then there is the Foreign Secretary, Julian Garmony. Photographs come to light that show Garmony cross-dressing. Should Vernon publish his expose and destroy the political enemy or is Clive correct that this betrays Molly, who took the snaps in private.