Nature and Necessity

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For thirty-five years, two women frighten each other through the fading twilight of the last century, their existence an unacknowledged tragedy of manners.


Confusing their duty to one another for the feelings they’re too busy to mention, their desire for “modest social success” ends by asphyxiating whatever lies within its grasp. From the art galleries of Manhattan Island to the pubs of the North Yorkshire Moors, Nature and Necessity is a wild reimagining of the nineteenth-century realist novel, a story of siblings battling for survival and supremacy, a war story without armies, and a warning that even the most promising and prosperous of lives can be crushed by the fear of uttering the confession: I love you.


Tariq Goddard

Tariq Goddard was born in London in 1975. He read Philosophy at King's College London. His first three novels were short listed for various awards including Whitbread (Costa) First Novel Award, Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. His fourth and fifth books won the Independent Publishers Gold medal for Horror Writing and Silver medal for Literary Fiction respectively. He lives on a farm in Wiltshire with his wife and children.

"There’s a ferocious energy here that will keep you reading through to the bitter end. Goddard has reinvigorated the country house novel."


“This is a wonderfully in-depth journey into the lives of a remarkable family, dark, deep, funny and, above all, likeable. I’m missing Petula and her children already.”

Pat Mills, creator of 2000AD

"Tariq Goddard is good on houses and the people who inhabit them."

Jonathan Meades

"His best and most ambitious work to date whose guts sprawl over every page - this is a delicious read."