The Rich Are With You Always
Published by Knopf and Hodder & Stoughton 1976
Continuing the Stevenson saga, we watch the seemingly inexorable rise to wealth and power of John and Nora Stevenson through the years of the Railway Mania and the financial crash which followed it. Though technically bankrupt and mired in debt, they have Nora's financial acumen to thank for their survival. But the strains have dire effects on their marriage, and mere wealth, they discover, is no recompense for unhappiness.
- There is enough plot material in [this book] to do for a thousand novels: the Irish potato famine, foxhunting, blackmail, adultery, the 1848 uprising in Paris, family feuds, the Crystal Palace, the rescue of fallen women ... on and on and on. Yet somehow he has put it all together without stumbling over himself. This is certainly not a great novel but a great number of people will enjoy it Margaret Manning, book editor of the Boston Globe
- The sex is sprinkled on like parmesan cheese Peter Porter, BBC Radio4
- For sheer storytelling it is hard to beat Malcolm Macdonald. Each separate incident is as gripping as the story as a whole [with] a scrupulous care for period detail W.J. Nesbitt Northern Echo
- He is every bit as bad as Dickens Martin Seymour-Smith The Financial Times