Astragal has been enjoying A Passion to Build, the racy debut novel by NLA chairman Peter Murray
The starchitect bonkbuster follows ‘the meteoric careers and tangled love lives of two leading architects… The lives of the architects unravel as they compete to win the much-vaunted Frazer Prize.’
Despite knowing most of the characters on the architecture scene, Murray insists the book is a ‘work of fiction’, but Astragal is more than a little sceptical.
In one episode, top Japanese architect Tomo Koji summons Rachael Dove, a reporter for the Gazette, to an audience at a London hotel. ‘Without any pleasantries, he suddenly barked in heavily accented English: “F*** me please, Rachael!” He stood without moving but allowed the gown to hang open to reveal his aroused state.’
AJ subscribers can read a chapter of A Passion to Build here.