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Looks like troubleGavestonStephanie MerrittFaber Faber 1099 pp386King Edward II and his bride Isabella the Fair were the most beautiful couple in fourteenth-century Europe But at the heart of their marriage lay a fatal flaw Piers Gaveston the kings favourite No sooner had their wedding party docked at Dover than Edward was showering the waiting Gaveston with kisses and bestowing on him the jewels that the new queens father the King of France had given as part of her dowryStephanie Merritts compelling first novel brings the characters of this drama up to date Edward is a media mogul part of whose mission in life is to fill homes worldwide with Premier League football matches and Australian soap operas Piers is a model-turned-actor-turned-director-turned-writer-turned-academic-turned-TV-cultural-commentator He is in other words all things to all men And like his historical namesake he is everything to one man Edward He is also as in the true case his own undoingHe has to be beautiful of course or the reader would not credit him with causing such fatuity Gaveston here is an angular blond with hair falling foppishly across one eye and a cool green stare a cruel version of Julian Sands circa Room with a ViewIf looks could kill his would And it turns out that he has murdered someone in a cold-blooded crime without passion undertaken as a shrewd career move Conscience is not chief among his qualities you can almost feel icy draughts whenever he is on the page He has a kind of fizzing chilled glamour - not unlike one of Anne Rices nearly likable vampires - which Merritt renders entirely credibleWhen Edwards guileless niece the narrator of this tale falls into the trap set for her and falls in love with Gaveston thereby directing public gaze away from her uncle and his catamite it is all too easy to see why Not that the association brings her much joy Happy was not quite the right
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