This book was my introduction to Leavitt, I am sorry to say. I enjoyed the book so much I read it in two sittings. I could not put it down because the characters are so honestly created. I found myself laughing within and often out loud. I love the way he unfolds a tale and use very human people for his heroes and villains. His portrayal of the way the UK famously denies the obvious in favor of a stack of worn out platitudes called the 'English way' is chilling in its accuracy. Now that I am a fan I hope he has more tales to tell.
Tells the story of a love affair between Brian Botsford, an upper-class, young writer, and Edward Phelan, an idealistic, self-educated employee of the London Underground and a Communist Party member. Edward has trouble accpeting their love for each other until Brian is set up with a woman at his rich aunt's request. Edward in a state of crisis fless to Spain to fight Franco and ends up in jail. Brian feels responsible for Edward's plight and goes after him. Set in 1930's Europe.