Adrian Healey, sexual star of his boarding school, secret lover of the blonde and beautiful Hugo Cartwright, spends his gap year as a rent boy in Piccadilly. Once at Cambridge, he discovers a lost Dickens' manuscript, the pornographic story of the seduction of a blonde and beautiful boy.
Adrian's compulsive lying is matched only by the cunning of his tutor Donald Trefusis, who is himself caught having sex in a public toilet, before recruiting Adrian for MI5.
This report prepared by Holly
The book is all about Adrian Healey and his progress through life as a prolific liar. Stephen Fry, for those who have not heard of him, is hilarious in both writing and real life and this semi-autobiographical novel of his first twenty years is vividly detailed and, although perhaps a bit sketchy with flashbacks, is a delightful comic romp about a kid who coasts through life unscathed because of his immense skill at lying and defrauding others.
This report prepared by S.J.Fletcher