's latest novel is The Fall Guy (Vintage).
Its London HQ, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun
, opened in 1964 and is now Grade I listed and seen as one of London's best buildings of its era,
Vuong's collection reflects on the aftermath of war over three generations and was chosen as the winner of the TS Eliot prize by judges Herbert, James Lasdun
and Helen Mort, from a shortlist of 10.
THE FALL GUY By James Lasdun
Charlie invites his cousin, Matthew, to his upstate New York home for the summer, where tensions brew between the men and Charlie's wife."There's something reptilian in Lasdun
's gaze, a coldblooded interest in furtiveness, in the lithe selfishness of the genteel," book reviewer Charles Finch wrote in The New York Times."This is exactly what a literary thriller should be: intelligent, careful, swift, unsettling." WHEN IN FRENCH: LOVE IS A SECOND LANGUAGE By Lauren Collins Collins, a staff writer for The New Yorker, reflects on the estrangements and intimacies that come with living abroad and falling in love with a Frenchman.
But another great 60s concrete building by rival architect Sir Denys Lasdun
could have been built instead.
The locations were chosen in response to the remarkable architecture of the Sir Denys Lasdun
How can this seemingly innocuous scenario go so quickly and inexorably to hell in James Lasdun
's new psychological thriller, The Fall Guy?
Bad things happen, but they never seem fully believed in, and so the happiness bestowed on the characters who survive them feels unearned, kitschy." JAMES LASDUN
Binet's HHhH has generated fewer polemics in France, but some British critics have objected to what James Lasdun
, in his review in The Guardian, has called Binet's "grabby porno flourishes."
Many of these buildings are extremely popular: for example, Denys Lasdun
's National Theatre, completed in 1976 and listed Grade II*, another concrete building with which Madin's library can be compared.
Fifty years on, the building created for the college by Sir Denys Lasdun
still has the power to astonish and to shock.