Epic romance in India, philosophy on the tennis court, the first man-made creature, and an awakening in Venice
Profile #42: The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye. Profile by Helen Skinner.
After the death of his parents, young Ashton Pelham-Martyn is brought up as a Hindu in a remote corner of British India. As an adult soldier he returns to India, where his love for a princess and his dual heritage make for an epic story of adventure and romance.
Profile #43: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Profile by Luke Constable.
A sprawling modern masterpiece that feels like several novels combined in one labyrinthine bundle of substance addiction, depression, child abuse, Quebec separatism, family relationships, film theory and tennis. A savage satire on consumerism and a cautionary tale on the pitfalls of sporting success, it is absurdly funny, hauntingly tragic and simply vital.
Profile #44: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Profile by Tim Kelleher.
An ambitious young student discovers the secret of creating life from inanimate matter and, seeing his chance to overcome death and change the world, puts his research to the test. The experiment results in a new form of life and, ultimately, the descent of Victor Frankenstein and his loved ones into a living nightmare.
Profile #45: Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers. Profile by Christine Cox.
Elderly spinster Julia Garnet falls in love with Venice, and a charming but sinister Italian. The experience releases long-repressed emotions, challenges her atheism, opens her eyes to a world beyond the senses and catches her up in the age-old battle between good and evil.