Glamorous Alice Keach is one of 1930s London's foremost Society hostesses. Despite humble American origins, she has secured her place in high society through marriage to one of England's wealthiest bachelors. But Alice has a secret. Its roots run years back, and miles away, to the dust-blasted prairies of Kansas. It corncerns a lost little boy left under the haphazard guidance of an eccentric uncle. Now, a visit from America looks set to blow apart Alice's glittering pre-eminence forever.
D.J. Taylor was born in Norwich in 1960. He is a novelist, critic and acclaimed biographer. His Orwell- The Life (available in Vintage paperback) won the Whitbread Biography of the year for 2003. His most recent books are the Victorian novel Kept- A Victorian Mystery (a Publishers Weekly book of the year, also in Vintage paperback) and The Corinthian Spirit- On the Decline of Amateurism in Sport (Yellow Jersey, 2006). He is married with three children and lives in Norwich.