This book surprised me a bit by how short it was (a novella, really) and how seemingly simple (having won the Booker Prize I sort of assumed it would be massively long and over-the-top "literary"). It sort of quietly flowed along to begin with, but I didn't realize it could actually pack quite a punch toward the end. The overall story is told by an older British man, looking back over his life and in particular his schooldays and teenage/early adulthood years. The main theme is memory, and how unreliable it can be - the way you think you remember something that happened, or the way your relationships were back then, but gradually can discover you were wrong. I won't say much more because I think it would be best to read it without knowing too much about it. Highly recommended.