Upstairs at the Party

  • by Linda Grant
  • Narrated by Tricia Kelly
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the early '70s a glamorous couple known as Evie/Stevie appear out of nowhere on the isolated concrete campus of a new university. To a group of teenagers experimenting with radical ideas they seem blown back from the future, unsettling everything and uncovering covert desires. But the flamboyant self-expression hides deep anxieties. For Adele, with the most to conceal, Evie/Stevie become a lifelong obsession.

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What the Critics Say

"'My only complaint? I fear I may not read a better book all year" (Evening Standard )
"Ambitious . . . Like the best novels, it makes you examine your own moral compass alongside that of its characters" (Observer)

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Customer Reviews

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Powerfully conveys the heady youth of the 70s

Adele spent her university years watching and learning, reading and discussing, partying and experimenting, discovering herself, attempting to escape the traumatic experiences of her teens, wanting to change the world and having plenty of fun doing it. She's liberated, strong-minded and part of a new social order, brimming with confidence and verve. But she becomes haunted by an event that took place upstairs at a party, and the jarring shock of that night never quite leaves her as she moves through the decades of career, motherhood and on into late middle age. Her reflections are as compelling as the account of her student days. Great story, with a wistfulness that avoids becoming maudlin, and well narrated.
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- A. Hunt "book review watcher"

spoilt by the narrator

What disappointed you about Upstairs at the Party?

The narrator seems to believe she is acting in a melodrama rather than reading a book. I had to stop listening after 10 minutes because the narrator was so irritating.


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- Helen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: Whole story Audio