When James Walker arrives at Tudor College, Cambridge, he tries to create a vague air of mystery about himself in the hope of making the right kind of friends. By accident or fate he encounters a member of the Night Climbers, a wealthy, secretive, and tantalizingly eccentric circle of undergraduates who scale the college towers and gargoyles at night in pursuit of the kind of thrill-seeking danger that makes them feel truly alive.
Seduced by their reckless charisma and talent for decadence, James falls for both Francis, the group's ringleader, and Jessica, his beautiful best friend. Their extravagant living is financed, unwittingly, by Francis's father, but when he suddenly cuts his son off, the friends are left floundering as they try to maintain a lifestyle they can't afford. That is, until Francis embroils them in a plan that will test the limits of their friendship and link them to one another forever.
Humming with intellectual energy and grace, The Night Climbers portrays the intensity of early relationships, when people are at their most impressionable, and explores the ties that bind with a keen eye.
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About the Author
Ivo Stourton was born in 1982 and received high honors (a double
first) in English at Cambridge. He is currently training to be a city
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Night Climbers was an engaging story. Told in a flash-back format, the "caper" is slowly unveiled and the consequences shared in the last 50 pages. The characters are compelling and the style reminds one of Joanne Harris's "Gentlemen and Players." and definately enjoyable read.
After having spent the summer in Cambridge, England I was eager to read The Nightclimbers, especially since the novel had such promise of the secret societies and wealth that I had heard of whilst there. At first, the book was rather promising- a likable young hero that was just as inexperienced as we were, the potential for a fascinating daring plotline, and the true intigue that is offered when a reader encounters a mysterey. The book did deliever on the character front- James is always down to earth because he's an outsider like we are, but he is severely flawed in many ways making him a sophisticated character. The vivacious, but self-destructing ringleader, Francis, is presented in such a way that we as readers can understand why the others were so attracted to him and what he represented. Other members of the Nightclimbers- the beautiful insecure Jessica, the flamboyant insincere Michael, and the shady Lisa- are also captivating. Yet overall, the story is not so. We keep waiting for real intrigue, this is one of those books that should be a pageturner, but Stourton just drivels on and never leads us to anything exciting. We end up feeling just as cheated by Stourton's antics as James is by Francis's. The narrative is also polluted with superfulous metaphors- there is almost one a page. And even though Stourton could have some rather elegant metaphors, most are randomly smashed into the end of a chapter, thus defeating the real purpose.
Eighteen years old Tudor College of Cambridge University freshman James Walker is a bit awed at being at the prestigious school, but that will not preclude his desire to party with pretty coeds. Still he fears he will be left on the outside unless he befriends the in-crowd whoever they are. James meets Michael Findlay and he leads the newcomer to a bunch of thrill-seekers who welcome him to join their group, the Tudor Night Climbers. Although he has some doubts about climbing buildings and other edifices at night he joins them. He quickly is attracted to Jessica Katz, but she seems to desire the dynamic leader Francis. When Francis¿ father cuts off his funding (and consequently the group), they follow up on an idea by one of them, Lisa, to continue to finance their climbing way of life Emboldened by Francis they remain naive that fourteen years later they will still be paying the price. --- THE NIGHT CLIMBERS is a fascinating complex (perhaps too complicated with its myriad of subplots) group character study. The building climbing apparently is based on a 1960s fad (although this reviewer does not know of any Queens College climbers). Each of the key characters are fully developed and ultimately tied together by the scheme more than by the climbing or the attraction. Ivo Stoughton provides an appealing glimpse at the tentative bonds of friendship. --- Harriet Klausner