Set in New England mainly and London partly, "On Beauty" concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.
Winner of Orange Prize 2006 and Somerset Maugham Award 2006. Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Writer of the Year 2006 and Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2005 and Orange Youth Panel Prize 2010.