Strangers & Brothers
Author: C.P. Snow
The fourth in the Strangers and Brothers series begins with the dying Master of a Cambridge college. His
imminent demise causes intense rivalry and jealousy amongst the other fellows. Former friends become
enemies as the election looms.
Charles Percy Snow was born in Leicester in 1905. He was educated as a chemist and physicist at the
universities of Leicester and Cambridge. After scientific research he turned to administration and then to
writing and later held many important public posts and was made Baron Snow of Leicester. Snow's first
novel Death under Sail was published in 1932. His successful novel sequence portraying English life from
1920 onwards is Strangers and Brothers. It spans 30 years - more years in the life of its narrator, Lewis
Eliot, barrister. Snow describes the rarefied worlds of academia, Cambridge, the Jewish community and
Westminster. In addition to fiction, Snow also wrote several critical works including a biography of
Trollope. He married the novelist Pamela Hansford Johnson in 1950 and died in 1980.