The Party

The Party

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?

Title:The Party
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780008194260
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About Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day is an English journalist, broadcaster and novelist. She was a feature writer for The Observer from 2007 to 2016 and has written four novels.


    The Party Reviews

  • Elyse

    I thought this book was spellbinding —�the plot was compulsively stimulating - interesting and captivating!!!! It drew me in with a magnetic force. Readers who might have read - and enjoyed “Sea...

  • Julie

    The Party by Elizabeth Day is a 2017 Fourth Estate publication. A Wickedly dark and satirical tale of obsession, misplaced loyalties, and class distinctions. This book drew me in right away and held m...

  • Julie

    The Party by Elizabeth Day is a 2017 Fourth Estate publication. A Wickedly dark and satirical tale of obsession, misplaced loyalties, and class distinctions. This book drew me in right away and held m...

  • Candace

    Review to come....

  • Dem

    Elizabeth Day’s first novel, Scissors, Paper, Stone which I really enjoyed won a Betty Trask award So I was really looking forward to her latest book and when I saw it compared to The Dinner by Herm...

  • Blair

    A scrappy outsider accepted, precariously, by a privileged clique; the golden allure of wealth and exclusivity; a terrible and deadly secret. Give me variations on this theme from now until death and ...

  • Beverly

    Bloody brilliant!...

  • Susan

    Martin Gilmour is being interviewed by the police when we first meet him. The thirty nine year old art critic had recently attended a party at the home of his best friend, Ben Fitzmaurice. The party w...

  • Bandit

    The word party has several meanings as the first page brings to one's attention. This is the party you'll want to check out. But then again what might you be a party to? And who will be the guilty par...

  • Faith

    This book begins with the police interrogation of 39-year-old Martin. Apparently there has been some violent incident at the 40th birthday party of Martin's old school friend Ben who comes from a weal...