Books by Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and educated in the US and at Oxford University. His novels include LOOK AT IT THIS WAY, INTERIOR, MASAI DREAMING, IN EVERY FACE I MEET, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, LEADING THE CHEERS, which won t

UP AGAINST THE NIGHT by Justin Cartwright
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Evoking Coetzee's Disgrace and Gordimer's The House Gun, Cartwright brings new twists and a sure touch to his tragicomedy about a decent man's rude awakening to shared history's capricious side. Caveat emptor,"
South-African born novelist Cartwright (Lion Heart, 2014, etc.) casts a sardonic eye on a London expat who's trying to uncover, if not openly parade, his Afrikaner heritage.Read full book review >
LION HEART by Justin Cartwright
Released: March 4, 2014

"Uneven but nonetheless fascinating, especially for history and The Da Vinci Code fans."
What starts as a mild interest in a father's obsession turns into a quest for the "true cross" by his son. Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY by Justin Cartwright
Released: April 1, 2011

"Witty, thoughtful, briskly paced and entertaining—a terrific novel about excess, hubris, class and the age-old (usually one-sided) tussle between art and commerce."
From South African/British novelist Cartwright (To Heaven by Water, 2009, etc.), a winner of the Whitbread Award and Hawthornden Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize, a tale half comic and half cautionary—and all compelling—about the financial crisis. Read full book review >
TO HEAVEN BY WATER by Justin Cartwright
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"There's not a wasted word or a false emotion in this elegant, meditative work from a mature master."
A family regroups after the death of its nurturing matriarch in this tender, unsparing novel by Whitbread Award winner Cartwright (The Song Before It Is Sung, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SONG BEFORE IT IS SUNG by Justin Cartwright
Released: July 1, 2007

"The times were momentous, yet the novel is subdued and poorly arranged; a rare misstep by this agile author."
A fledgling biographer tries to make sense of the complicated friendship between an Oxford philosopher and a German aristocrat involved in the plot to kill Hitler. Read full book review >
LEADING THE CHEERS by Justin Cartwright
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Alive to nuances in the most casual circumstances, willfully eccentric, and charmingly resonant regarding life's quirks on both sides of the Atlantic: a tale full of subtle surprises."
Indians past and present, a disaffected Englishman, and a high-school reunion in Michigan are the unlikely parameters of this quietly comic, intensely human story, the Whitbread-winning latest from the ever-resourceful Cartwright (In Every Face I Meet, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
MASAI DREAMING by Justin Cartwright
Released: June 1, 1995

"Funny, knowing, appalling, and moving."
Pitting a lofty intellectual theme against Hollywood's sleaze and pretension, this elegant yet often bawdy novel has a grand time demolishing the barriers between ``high'' and ``low'' art. Read full book review >
LOOK AT IT THIS WAY by Justin Cartwright
Released: July 15, 1993

"Despite that nod to Wolfe, this is not an attempt at a British Bonfire but a mix of straight-ahead narrative, free association, and cultural commentary—as idiosyncratic as the twitch of a lion's whiskers."
An appealingly eccentric and insouciant look at contemporary London, its new money and moribund Cockney culture, from the author of Interior (1989), etc. Tim Curtiz is an American journalist based in London, ``a poor man's Gore Vidal'' who's acquired enough celebrity through his Manhattan magazine columns to appear in American Eagle's credit card commercials along with Bernie, an elderly but ebullient Cockney actor. Read full book review >
INTERIOR by Justin Cartwright
Released: May 18, 1989

London-based Cartwright weaves an intelligent and consistently compelling tale of one man's return to Africa: an update of Conrad and Greene that manages beautifully and artlessly. Read full book review >