Closing Ranks

Closing Ranks (1997)

First Published: Viking
Published: Bloomsbury, 2013
ISBN: 0-670-85559-6

There have been Grayles at Hartleap since Canute. They know this and are proud of the fact. Now they stand in a semi-circle round the bed of the very last of their nannies, who is quietly slipping away. Ada Stephens – known as Nanny Grayle, and well into her nineties – is saying farewell. Dirk’s sixth and final novel charts the demolition of a once proud house.

‘Alternatively charming and horridly disturbing and written with compelling authority… avery good novel indeed’

The Scotsman