It's the end of the century and Benjamin Trotter and friends are all grown up. Life is a ceaseless whirl of jobs, marriages, kids - and self-inflicted angst. Despite the shiny optimism of Blair's Britain, youthful hopes and dreams feel betrayed. Is the Government (and by extension Benjamin's MP brother, Paul) to blame? Or are the rotters themselves - only passingly faithful to their dreams - really at fault?
The Closed Circle - sequel to the The Rotters' Club - takes up the story twenty years on, and proves that the present can never truly be disentangled from the past.