When We Were Rich finds the characters introduced in Tim Lott’s award-winning 1999 debut, White City Blue, struggling to make sense of a new era. Sad, shocking and often hilarious, it is an acutely observed novel of all our lives, set during what was for some a golden time and for others a nightmare, from which we are yet to wake up.
Millennium Eve. Six people gather on a London rooftop. Recently married, Frankie Blue watches with his wife, Veronica, as the sky above the Thames explodes into a kaleidoscope of light. His childhood companion, Colin, ineptly flirts with Roxy, an unlikely first date, while another old friend, Nodge, newly ‘out’, hides his insecurities from his waspish boyfriend.
New Labour are at their zenith. The economy booms, awash with cheap credit. The arrival of the smartphone heralds the sudden and vast expansion of social media. Mass immigration from Eastern Europe leave many unsettled while religious extremism threatens violent conflict.
An estate agent in a property boom, Frankie is focused simply on getting rich. But can he survive the coming crash?
And what will become of his friends – and his marriage – as they are scoured by the winds of change?
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About the author
When We Were Rich is Tim Lott’s tenth book. His memoir The Scent of Dried Roses is a Penguin Modern Classic. He lives in London and teaches writing for Guardian Masterclasses and the How To Academy. timlottwriter.wordpress.com | @timlottwriter