The Last Weekend


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'Me, jealous? ''Yes you, Ian. Very jealous indeed.' The Last Weekend

Set over a long weekend in East Anglia, this is the story of a rivalrous friendship – as told by Ian, the deceptively casual narrator. It opens with a surprise phone call from an old university friend, inviting Ian and his wife, Em, for a few days by the sea. Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a glamorous couple. And the scene is set for sunlit relaxation and cheerful reminiscence. But dangerous tensions quickly emerge. In taut prose, the novel conveys the stifling atmosphere of a remote cottage in the hottest days of summer. Troubling revelations from Ian's past slowly intrude. And his rivalry with Ollie intensifies as they resurrect a seemingly forgotten bet made twenty years before. Each day becomes a series of challenges for higher and higher stakes, setting in train actions that will have irreversible consequences. The Last Weekend is a deftly crafted page-turner, where little can be taken for granted and nothing is quite as it seems. It offers a dark, haunting tale of friendship, sexual passion and jealousy.





'Creepy, compelling, but often extremely funny. Blake Morrison has inhabited the world of a deeply flawed character with unforgettable results. -- Mark Bostridge, Financial Times,

His truly sensational latest novel, which places him at the forefront of British novelists writing today. -- Sunday Express,

`gripping...a masterpiece of pacing and revelation - the kind of book you genuinely might read in one sitting...Morrison is a master of his craft' --Irish Times

'creepy and disturbing...[Morrison] does a terrific job of keeping the reader consistently intrigued' -- Alex Clark, Guardian

"a terrific thriller, a page-turner of impressiveliterary skill"--Sunday Business Post `a compelling psychological thriller that, in parts, will cause you to actually flinch' -- Metro

`A well-paced book that is all about a steady unravelling of plot, character and charged with terrible potential does everything become that you begin to fear the worst at every turn' -- Esquire

'This is one achievement among several for Blake Morrison, who has written a novel that is at once artful and naturalistic, restrained and yet suggestive, and faithful to a perspective from which the reader wants to recoil. Above all, it is a likeable rendction of an unlikeable man, and that is not an easy trick to pull off...' -- Stephen Abell, TLS

`the story is beautifully crafted, astutely observed and peopled with believable characters.' -- Sunday Telegraph

`An age-old tale of obsession, jealousy and revenge given a sharply contemporary flavour...Morrison handles the elements of his novel with impeccable control' Observer

'The grisly end is masterly...A fantastic novel' -- AN Wilson, Readers' Digest "The fascination is horrible, the prose addictive, the situation magnificently claustrophobic, the denouement shocking" -- Glasgow Herald

"This is a suspenseful thriller, but more importantly it succeeds as an exceedingly clever investigation into the strangeness of lies" -- Independent on Sunday

A seriously good novel and deserves to overtake a few more loudly trumpeted false favourites in the popularity stakes.-- Susan Hill,

The Lady an insidiously gripping tale--Country Life

`It is the assuredness of Morrison's portrayal of Ian's descent which makes The Last Weekend compelling ' -- The Independent


  • Format: Paperback: 262 pages
  • ISBN: 0099542346
  • Published: 5 May 2011
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Price: 7.99
  • Language: English
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