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      The Friendly Ones
Philip Hensher

‘It’s the book you should give someone who thinks they don’t like novels … Here is surely a future prizewinner that is easy to read and impossible to forget’ Melissa Katsoulis, The TimesThe things history will do at the bidding of loveOn a warm Sunday afternoon, Nazia and Sharif are preparing for a family barbecue. They are in the house in Sheffield that will do for the rest of their lives. In the garden next door is a retired doctor, whose four children have long since left home. When the shadow of death passes over Nazia and Sharif’s party, Doctor Spinster’s actions are going to bring the two families together, for decades to come.The Friendly Ones is about two families. In it, people with very different histories can fit together, and redeem each other. One is a large and loosely connected family who have come to England from the subcontinent in fits and starts, brought to England by education, and economic possibilities. Or driven away from their native country by war, murder, crime and brutal oppression – things their new neighbours know nothing about. At the heart of their story is betrayal and public shame. The secret wound that overshadows the Spinsters, their neighbours next door, is of a different kind: Leo, the eldest son, running away from Oxford University aged eighteen. How do you put these things right, in England, now?Spanning decades and with a big and beautifully drawn cast of characters all making their different ways towards lives that make sense, The Friendly Ones, Philip Hensher’s moving and timely new novel, shows what a nation is made of; how the legacies of our history can be mastered by the decision to know something about people who are not like us.

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Copyright (#u045cbe0b-6FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

4th Estate

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This eBook first published in Great Britain by 4th Estate in 2018

Copyright © Philip Hensher 2018

Cover image by Albert Anker (1831–1910)

Kleinkinderschule auf der Kirchenfeldbrücke, 1900, oil on canvas

Gottfried Keller-Stiftung, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern

Depositum im Kunstmuseum Bern

Extract from ‘Second’ taken from Happiness by Jack Underwood (Faber & Faber). Copyright © Jack Underwood, 2015. Reproduced by permission of Faber & Faber Ltd.

The right of Philip Hensher to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

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Source ISBN: 9780008175641

Ebook edition: March 2018 ISBN: 9780008175665

Version: 2018-01-30

Dedication (#u045cbe0b-6FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

For Zaved Mahmood, of course

Epigraph (#u045cbe0b-6FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

If I lived in a cave and you were my only visitor,

what would I tell you that the walls had told me?

That people are unfinished and are made between

each other …

JACK UNDERWOOD, ‘Second’

… amid the millions of this great city it is difficult to discover who these people are or what their object can be …

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Contents

Cover (#u045cbe0b-1FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

Title Page (#u045cbe0b-2FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

Copyright (#u045cbe0b-3FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

Dedication (#u045cbe0b-4FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

Epigraph (#u045cbe0b-5FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

BOOK ONE: THE LITTLE SPINSTERS (#u045cbe0b-7FFF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

CHAPTER ONE (#u045cbe0b-10FF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

CHAPTER TWO (#u045cbe0b-11FF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

MUMMY’S TIME WITH LAVINIA (#u045cbe0b-12FF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

CHAPTER THREE (#u045cbe0b-13FF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

MUMMY’S TIME WITH LEO (#u045cbe0b-14FF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

CHAPTER FOUR (#u045cbe0b-15FF-11e9-9e03-0cc47a520474)

MUMMY’S TIME WITH BLOSSOM (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER FIVE (#litres_trial_promo)

MUMMY’S TIME WITH HUGH (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER SIX (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER SEVEN (#litres_trial_promo)

BOOK TWO: THE FRIENDLY ONES (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER EIGHT (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER NINE (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER TEN (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER ELEVEN (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER TWELVE (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER THIRTEEN (#litres_trial_promo)

CHAPTER FOURTEEN (#litres_trial_promo)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (#litres_trial_promo)

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