A Watch in the Night : An aging man is watching Shakespeare on television in the setting of a modest suburban house. Do not be deceived into thinking that this is the beginning of something boring or familiar. For the man is Julian Ramsay, biographer of the literary Lampitt dynasty, and the famous black actress playing Margaret of Anjou was once, perhaps, the love of his life. Julian's mind wanders to a night that began with making love to the young and gorgeous Dodie and ended in the small hours of the morning outside the flat where James Petworth Lampitt lived and died. This is the story of that one evening, in the course of which Julian journeys from London's high society to its low life, meets many characters from his past, revisits memories, and at last unravels the mysteries of the two violent deaths that dominate the Lampitt Chronicles. A. N. Wilson has constructed a masterful novel of manners out of the most whimsical and unlikely elements: murder, the ghost of Shakespeare, and the ironies and confusions of sex. From the joys of acting to the pangs of unrequited love, from a reunion of aging Fascists in London to a wintry romantic interlude in Venice, the plot of this tour de force leads the reader with consummate skill towards a wholly unexpected conclusion.