Brought up in a stifling, emotionless home in the north of England, Clara finds freedom when she wins a scholarship and travels to London. There, she meets Clelia and the rest of the Denham family: brilliant and charming, they dazzle Clara with their flair for life, and Clara yearns to be part of their bohemian world. But while she will do anything to join their circle, she gives no thought to the chaos that she may cause. In this captivating story of growing up and moving on, Margaret Drabble explores what it means to leave a disregarded childhood and family behind. This title is a winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.