Sadie Jones | 'You have to be on both their sides'

Sadie Jones | 'You have to be on both their sides'

"I was hesitant to write a ‘way we live now’ novel," says Sadie Jones. But she undoubtedly has. The Snakes, her first contemporary novel, is about the coruscating effects of money, greed and corruption on one wealthy London family, and it is an all-consuming read from the first page to the devastating final paragraph.

The Snakes begins with Bea and Dan, recently married, renting out their tiny, heavily mortgaged London flat to travel across Europe for a few months. Dan, a frustrated artist, hates working as an estate agent and Bea is a poorly paid psychotherapist, so the trip will be a cha...

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