A witty, seductive and moving novel of a famous writer and his protégé
Roddy Parr takes us into the luminous circle of a literary giant. It is a world of family intrigues, importunate fans -- and dark secrets. Roddy Parr is an outsider, an ambitious young man who has just completed his PhD on the legendary David Anthem -- a writer regularly tipped to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature.
Through his friendship with Anthem′s publisher, the dazzling svengali Julia Collis, Roddy joins the Anthem household as David′s secretary. Julia′s not-so-secret agenda is for him to become David′s biographer. Soon Roddy is indispensable, and finds his new status as insider increasingly addictive. Yet Anthem′s world is steeped in tragedy and its truths are not simple ones.
Literary insider Peter Rose has created an irresistible novel of ambition, passion and moral dilemmas.
Praise for Peter Rose′s ROSE BOYS:
′A deep family story of suffering, love and passionate devotion, richly and freshly told′ Helen Garner
′a deeply felt, passionately uplifting story′ Liam Davison, WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
′Rose Boys is the wrenching, stunning account of a family living for about a quarter of a century in the sometimes tightening, sometimes loosening, but never absent, grip of a catastrophe′ Brian Matthews, THE AGE
′Rose Boys is an intimate and moving - though never maudlin - story of familial love′ Daniel Williams, TIME