Gerard Woodward’s prize-winning poetry and Booker-shortlisted fiction receives huge acclaim for its humour, deft characterisation and masterful storytelling. The Paper Lovers is family drama at its most compelling. Arnold Proctor’s quiet life is thrown off balance when he falls obsessively in love with Vera, a religious woman and one of his wife’s friends. Vera seems untroubled by her wrongdoing, yet faithless Arnold is wracked with guilt. His wife, Polly makes handcrafted paper, and even though the age of paper is dead, she runs a successful shop selling her exquisite products. Polly is secure and happy in her life, until the day her husband Arnold makes a very uncharacteristic declaration.
A devastating story of sexual, religious and artistic obsession.