The Long Shadow

Publication date: March 2014| UK Publisher: Headline

Ben Makepeace, a screenwriter, is recently divorced, with a young son to care for. So when he’s invited up to Stoneham Park in Oxfordshire to meet someone who wants to bankroll his latest script, he jumps at the chance.

Victor Sheldon is a hedge fund billionaire yet when Ben meets him he’s bemused, for Victor is none other than old school friend Jacob, last seen some twenty-five years ago. Victor is eager to introduce him to the various occupants of his Palladian home and Ben can’t quite believe the great stroke of good fortune. But history can cast a long shadow, and soon Ben finds himself caught up in a vicious endgame with roots buried deep in the past of his childhood.


A writer of real psychological acuity – his most richly textured work yet


A clever, teasy hybrid of genres and fraught with tensions about money, class and the super-rich. A taut, gripping psychodrama and a wonderful, twisted take on the ‘wild divergences’ of contemporary Britain

The Spectator

An elegantly written and irresistible thriller

Mail on Sunday

I really enjoyed this book… The plot is excellent and as a reader we’re not sure what is genuine and what is sabotage until near the end

NewBooks Magazine

A sure grasp of character…An enthralling mystery, not least because the author’s gift for an elegantly turned sentence is fully and generously in evidence