Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. "Kennedy's prose is lively and assured." -The New York Times Book Review A good man in a bad world, Jon Sigurdsson is fifty-nine and divorced, a senior civil servant in London who hates many of his colleagues and loathes his work for a government engaged in unmentionable acts. Meg Williams is a bankrupt accountant-two words you don't want in the same sentence, or anywhere near your resume. She's forty-five and shakily sober, living on Telegraph Hill in London, where she can see the city unfurl below her. Somewhere out there is Jon, pinballing around the city with a cell phone and a letter-writing habit he can't break. He's a man on the brink, leaking government secrets and affection for a woman he barely knows as he runs for his life. Poignant, deeply funny, and beautifully written, Serious Sweet is about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world, ready to sacrifice what's left of themselves for honesty and for a chance at tenderness. As Jon and Meg navigate the sweet and serious heart of London-passing through twenty-four hours that will change them both forever-they tell an unusual and moving love story.
by A.L. Kennedy
by Nevil Shute
by Alexander McCall Smith
by Guy Gavriel Kay
by Naomi Novik
"The beauty in Kennedy's story lies in its detail, and narrator Simon Mattacks captures each layer of nuance and flash of insight beautifully in his engaging performance. With smooth shifts in tone, accent, and volume, he switches between the perspectives of Jon Sigurdsson, an aging civil servant on the run after leaking government secrets, and Meg Williams, a bankrupt accountant who observes the city bustling around her even as she feels ready to crumble. As the entire story unfolds over a single day in London, Mattacks captures the characters' moments of salvation and connection, which seem to make time stand still. Author and narrator craft an immersive, moving story that listeners will savor. B.E.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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