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The Party

(2017)
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A gripping story of obsession and betrayal, privilege and hypocrisy, set in the unassailable heart of the British establishment.

"As the train pressed on, I realised that my life was in the process of taking a different direction, plotted according to a new constellation. Because, although I didn't know it yet, I was about to meet Ben and nothing would ever be the same again."

Martin Gilmour is an outsider. When he wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn't wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent. But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world. Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family's estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had.

But Martin has a secret. He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell. It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years.

At Ben's 40th birthday party, the great and the good of British society are gathering to celebrate in a haze of champagne, drugs and glamour. Amid the hundreds of guests - the politicians, the celebrities, the old-money and newly rich - Martin once again feels that disturbing pang of not-quite-belonging. His wife, Lucy, has her reservations too. There is disquiet in the air. But Ben wouldn't do anything to damage their friendship....

Would he?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Superb - clever, gripping, psychologically acute." - Laura Barnett

"The Party is a compelling read, but it’s a lot more than a page turner. Like Martin, the protagonist, we as readers are sucked into the lives of the privileged few and, like Martin, in turn tittilated, appalled, bewitched and ultimately punched in the stomach by their casual cruelty. We may have seen a hundred stories like this on the news, but Elizabeth Day’s perfectly pitched dialogue and vivid prose brings it all to life." - Catherine Chanter

"Witty, dark and compelling." - Sebastian Faulks

"Think Brideshead Revisited meets The Talented Mr Ripley with a dash of The Riot Club. I couldn't put it down." - Louise O'Neill

"Elizabeth Day's latest novel is sinister and seductive and nothing short of breathtaking." - Francesca Segal

"As sharp, stylish and witty as the perfect guest. Beware: you'll be up far too late." - Lucie Whitehouse


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August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Party
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 0-316-55675-0 / 978-0-316-55675-0 (USA edition)
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July 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Party
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ISBN: 0-00-819426-2 / 978-0-00-819426-0 (UK edition)
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Party
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 0-316-55676-9 / 978-0-316-55676-7 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Party: The thrilling Richard and Judy Book Club Pick 2018
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 0-00-819430-0 / 978-0-00-819430-7 (UK edition)
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August 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Party
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ISBN: 0-00-826481-3 / 978-0-00-826481-9 (UK edition)
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Title: The Party
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August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Party
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 1-4789-9014-7 / 978-1-4789-9014-7 (USA edition)
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August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Party Lib/E
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
ISBN: 1-4789-9011-2 / 978-1-4789-9011-6 (USA edition)
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August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Party
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July 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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July 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Party
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July 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Party
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August 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Party: The thrilling Richard & Judy Book Club Pick 2018
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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August 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Party
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
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July 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Party: The thrilling Richard & Judy Book Club Pick 2018
Author(s): Elizabeth Day
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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