Pride and Avarice

A Novel

Nicholas Coleridge

Thomas Dunne Books

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Hailed by The New Yorker as “wickedly enjoyable,” Nicholas Coleridge’s newest novel is a sharp comedy of manners about two powerful men engaged in a bitter rivalry. Their feud rages from the boardroom to the bedroom as old money takes on the new

Gazing from his magnificent Chawbury Manor, Miles Straker has it all. But when noveau riche Ross Clegg buys and builds on the land adjoining his country estate, ruining his perfect view, Miles is irate. Even worse, Ross is quickly taken up by the country gentry, who admire his success and his down-to-earth manners. But Miles is a dangerous enemy and he vows to take the Clegg empire apart piece by piece. A rich read full of wit, Pride and Avarice is sure to be Coleridge’s biggest selling book to date.

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Miles Straker, resplendent in his favourite lightweight summer suit and myopically patterned silk tie, stepped outside onto the terrace and surveyed the scene. He took it all in, noticing everything . . . the perfection of his herbaceous borders, the David Linley garden gate in finest limed oak which stood at the head of the yew walk, the view along the Test valley, surely the finest in all Hampshire. He drew a deep breath of satisfaction, knowing that he, and he alone, had created . . . all this, this English arcadia . . . which only taste and energy, and advice from exactly the right

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“Coleridge dissects the social mores… with the precision of Tom Wolfe.” –The New Yorker on GODCHILDREN

"[A] sweeping drama... illicit passions and activities come to startling life....Coleridge’s latest family epic will hold readers spellbound." -Publishers Weekly, starred review of GODCHILDREN

"Wickedly funny and flawless in the details, Coleridge's portrayal of the British upper class is irresistible from the first page to the last."  -Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles on GODCHILDREN

“Nicholas Coleridge makes a witty and acerbic guide to this arcane, and largely secret, world.”--Julian Fellowes, author of Snobs; Academy Award-wining writer of Gosford Park ON A MUCH MARRIED MAN

“A keen observer of class, manners, and sexual frisson, Coleridge is a master of the social romp.”--Graydon Carter, editor-in-chief, Vanity Fair on A MUCH MARRIED MAN

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About the Author

Nicholas Coleridge

NICHOLAS COLERIDGE is managing director of Condé Nast in Britain. He has written four previous novels.

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Pride and Avarice
A Novel
Nicholas Coleridge

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429954341
ISBN10: 1429954345
496 pages
$9.99

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April 2011
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ISBN: 9780312680299
ISBN10: 0312680295
5 11/16 x 8 7/8 inches, 496 pages
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