The novel starts in post WW2 Sydney, with a very wealthy family and some poor orphans who come into their orbit and follows over years as the characters go in different ways.
I struggled with this. For me, it was worth reading just for some of the great, witty lines, but I found the characters unlikeable, the plot unclear and the leaps in time difficult to follow. It’s interesting to look at the reviews on GoodReads – a lot of people gave up on it. I struggled through. However, others did love it. I guess it is one of those polarising novels, though with more people on the dislike side that the like side.