Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. Politics, his first novel, was published in 2003 and has been translated into thirty languages. In the same year, Granta listed him among its best young British novelists. His much-praised book The Delighted States won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2008. He lives in London.
And so the century ended: with Haffner watching a man caress a womanâ€™s breasts.
It was an imbroglio. He would admit that much. But at least it was an imbroglio of Haffnerâ€™s making.
He might have been seventy-eight, but in Haffnerâ€™s opinion he counted as young. He counted, in the words of the young, as hip.