Roddy Parr takes us into the golden circle of a literary giant. It is a world of opening nights, importunate fans - and dark secrets. Roddy Parr is an outsider, an ambitious young man who has just completed his PhD on the legendary David Anthem, a writer regularly tipped to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature. Through Roddy's friendship with Anthem's publisher, the dazzling svengali Julia Collis, Roddy joins the Anthem household as David's secretary. Julia's not-so-secret agenda is for Roddy to become David's biographer. Soon Roddy is indispensable, and finds his new status as insider increasingly addictive. Yet Anthem's world is steeped in tragedy and its truths are not simple ones.