by Andrew O'Hagan
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 19 Apr 2024
From the author of Mayflies, an irresistible, unputdownable, state-of-the-nation novel - the story of one man's epic fall from grace.
May 2021. London.
Campbell Flynn - art historian and celebrity intellectual – is entering the empire of middle age. Fuelled by an appetite for admiration and the finer things, controversy and novelty, he doesn’t take people half as seriously as they take themselves. Which will prove the first of his huge mistakes.
The second? Milo Mangasha, his beguiling and provocative student. Milo inhabits a more precarious world, has experiences and ideas which excite his teacher. He also has a plan.
Over the course of an incendiary year, a web of crimes and secrets and scandals will be revealed, and Campbell Flynn may not be able to protect himself from the shattering exposure of all his privilege really involves. But then, he always knew: when his life came tumbling down, it would occur in public.
'A brilliant state-of-the-nation novel that pulls down the facades of high society and knocks over the "good liberal" house-of-cards. An utter joy to read.' Monica Ali
'With this new two-fisted, triple-decker, four-on-the-floor magnum opus, O'Hagan has made more than a great book – he has made a social miracle.' Joshua Cohen
'I loved this novel – loved its ambition and scale and scope and certainty – its panache and brio and the joy in the writing . . . It felt like I hurled myself off a skyscraper called London, and as I fell I managed to snatch a precious glimpse into each different apartment and life.' Peter Morgan, creator of The Crown
‘Caledonian Road is a remarkable feat of imaginative empathy, panoramic and witty, a Dickensian dream that blazes with profundity and philosophical inquiry. It is O’Hagan’s best novel yet.’ Nikita Lalwani