Nell's father was absent for the first 13 years of her life and, when he did appear, he only offered a conditional relationship. So, at 17, Nell is still looking for a father figure. She meets him in the form of Bill Marnie and falls head over heels in love with him, but their joy does not last.
Used availability for Susie Boyt's The Characters of Love
November 1996 : UK Hardback
November 1997 : UK Paperback