The brilliant new novel from the author ofÂ The Last Summer of the Water Strider
‘A sharp and very funny portrait of a brash era which is also a surprisingly tender take on flawed masculinity.’Â Sarah Hughes, i paper
‘What a terrific novel – wickedly sharp, wildly entertaining – I was gripped from start to finish. With its twisty plots and interwoven characters it paints a vivid portrait of a crucial decade. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, too. And with property porn thrown in, what’s not to like’Â Deborah Moggach
MillenniumÂ Eve and six people gather on a London rooftop.Â RecentlyÂ married, Frankie Blue watches with his wife, Veronica, as the sky above the Thames explodes into a kaleidoscope of light. His childhood companion, Colin, ineptly flirts with Roxy, an unlikely first date, while another old friend, Nodge, newly ‘out’, hides his insecurities from his waspish boyfriend.
New Labour are at their zenith.Â The economy booms, awash with cheap credit.Â The arrival of theÂ smartphone heralds the sudden and vast expansion of social media.Â Mass immigration from Eastern Europe leave many unsettled while religious extremism threatens violent conflict.
An estate agent in a property boom, Frankie is focused simply on getting rich. But can he survive the coming crash? And what will becomeÂ Â of his friends – andÂ his marriage – as they are scoured by the winds of change?
When We Were RichÂ finds the characters introduced in Tim Lott’sÂ award-winningÂ 1999 debut,Â White City Blue,Â struggling to make sense of a new era. Sad, shocking and often hilarious, it is an acutely observed novel of all our lives, set during what was for some a golden time – and for others a nightmare, from which we are yet to wake up.
‘Wickedly funny and deeply humane. I loved this book’Â Sadie Jones
‘Tim Lott revisits the years between millennium fever and the financial crisis, and brings this already long-lost era back to life in a novel every bit as evocative and compelling as we would expect from this prodigiously gifted author’Â Jonathan Coe
Praise forÂ The Last Summer of the Water Strider:
‘I was very moved byÂ The Last Summer of the Water Strider, which is bothÂ exquisitely specificÂ to time and place andÂ universal in its examination of humanity, griefÂ and the bizarre prisons that people build for themselves – and one another.Â Funny, fascinating, mysterious and provocative’Â Sadie Jones, author ofÂ The Outcast
‘Great storytelling and superb characterisation.Â Very few writers can evoke quintessential Englishness in its myriad forms like Tim Lott. I loved it’Â Irvine Welsh
‘Lott is excellentÂ when it comes to the psychology of a grieving adolescent’Â Observer