It's 1981, Charles and Diana have just got married and shy, working-class Steven meets the glamorous, glittering Jasmine, a rich girl from Notting Hill. United by their love of fashion and the feeling that they don't fit in, Steven and jasmine form a fast, fierce friendship, which is glorious... while it lasts. With hints of Brideshead Revisited and Emma Jane Unsworth's Animals, Royals is the coolest book you'll read this year.
"One Booker shortlist later, Galley Beggar were proved correct. Ellmann’s novel isn’t perfect, and it may not take the prize, but in a world where Ian McEwan is still at large, something introspective and richly painted is a tonic for us all...."
— The Daily Telegraph
4.25 out of 5