Companions draws together Christina Hesselholdt's four short volumes centring on a young woman, Camilla, and her circle of friends. The cycle begins with Camilla and the Horse and has been published to great critical acclaim in Hesselholdt's native Denmark. At once confessional and elliptic, the Camilla books are a running series about a group of characters whom one meets at various stages in their lives. A character who narrates one story from his or her point of view becomes a subordinate character in another. At the centre stand Camilla and her husband Charles. Christina Hesselholdt writes about desire and conflict in relationships, about everyday life and the past, about materially comfortable, now middle-aged lives that are simultaneously well-ordered and messy.