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South of the River by Blake Morrison
South of the River begins with the electoral victory of New Labour in May, 1997, and follows the lives of its five main characters over the next five years. At the center of this group is Nat, an unsuccessful playwright unhappy with his writing career. His wife Libby is a successful advertising executive, his uncle Jack owns a shaky business, and his friends and ex-students Harry and Anthea struggle with their place in the world. This group of people in South London move through a time when life appeared to offer hope and change during the Blair years, yet the problems they encounter still emanate from within. Blake Morrison's novel has received mostly positive reviews with The Telegraph saying, "South of the River is a marvellous account-taking of our hopes, lifestyles, careers and even souls in an age where communication has never been easier, but to find someone who'll listen has never been harder."