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Â Â Â Â Â Â Mars-Jones uses Colin’s naivete to give a fresh view of the world and of love. Before long, however, homophobia, class, family strife, and loss rear their ugly heads. Yet in the end, it seems Colin’s modest view oddly takes in the widest horizon: he learns that “people can care about anything.” A surprise and a pleasure,Box Hill is an intensely moving short novel.
“Mars-Jones’s prose is exceptionally nimble, dry, humorously restrained, very English, with a little Nabokovian velvet too. He can describe more or less anything and make it interesting.” - James Wood, London Review of Books
“Mars-Jones is a writer of wonderful originality and wit.” - The Times (London)
“Dry, accurate, tragic.” - Edmund White
“I very much enjoyed Box Hill. It is a characteristic Mars-Jones mixture of the shocking, the endearing, the funny, and the sad, with an unforgettable narrator. The sociological detail is as ever acutely enduring.” - Margaret Drabble