His new novel Private Views is a portrait gallery of smart society. Beautiful and cool-seeming artist Katya Lowell paints unnerving images in 1970s London. Enigmatic and alluring, she comes to the attention of aristocratic banker Charlie Marsden. Why does this elegant woman choose to spend time with such outsiders as former secret agent Harry Groves and suburban multi-millionaire Jarvis Green?
Frederic Raphael’s pitch-perfect dialogue fills the reader’s ears with the voices of his colorful cast: Charlie and his ‘delicious’ sister Camilla; his smart, bisexual auctioneer flatmate Marcus Steele; the stammeringly voluble drama critic Benedict Bligh; glossy magazine columnist Tamsin Fairfax; the gentleman cook Theo Plant and his thriller-writing brother Ferdy . . . Like a threatened species, they prefer not to look at the cunning predators and their low-life sidekicks who are taking control of old England.
This love story, at once superbly romantic and darkly erotic, guides our imagination towards savouring the ambiguous connection between life and art. Frederic Raphael’s new novel – something of a cross between The Story of O and The Portrait of a Lady– is both an original work of art and the portrait of a vanishing generation. To order from AmazonUK, click here: Private Views.