Secret Relations: A Novel by Annabel Dilke

Secret Relations: A Novel

byAnnabel Dilke

Paperback | February 19, 2008

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Charlie, Kitty, Max, and Liza are first cousins and lifelong friends. Charlie is an aspiring barrister, Kitty is expected to marry, Max is too spoiled for his own good, Liza too ambitious. They belong to the vast St. Clair clan, a distinguished and wealthy power in the land, where judges and QCs rub shoulders with black sheep and eccentrics, and where, above all, weakness is frowned upon. But the family is not as secure as it seems. Foolish business decisions rock its finances; a bitter and public divorce unsettle its stability. And when two of the cousins declare their love for each other, this threatens to destroy the family's very foundations and reveal a tragic secret that has lain buried for over half a century.

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Annabel Dilke is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter whose books have been shortlisted for numerous awards. The Inheritance was her first book published in the United States. She lives in South London
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Title:Secret Relations: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.86 × 5.94 × 1.06 inPublished:February 19, 2008Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312378661

ISBN - 13:9780312378660

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Charlie, Kitty, Max and Liza are first cousins and lifelong friends. Charlie is an aspiring barrister, Kitty is expected to marry, Max is too spoiled for his own good, Liza too ambitious. They belong to the vast St. Clair family, a distinguished and wealthy clan whose members include judges and politicians, rubbing shoulders with black sheep and eccentrics, and for whom, above all, weakness is frowned upon. But the family is not as secure as it seems. Foolish business decisions rock its finances; a bitter and public divorce rocks its stability. And when two of the cousins declare their love for each other, this threatens to destroy the family's very foundations and reveal a tragic secret that has lain buried for over half a century.

Editorial Reviews

"An unsentimental gem, an absorbing portrait of an upper-class English family beset by changes." -The Boston Globe

"Dilke's novel will appeal to those who love tales of British bloodlines." -Booklist