Three Brothers by Peter Ackroyd is about the Hanway Boys. They shared the same birthday, May 8, but ne year apart from the other. Each was born at the same time of day. That was all they shared. They were in order of age, Harry, Daniel, Sam. Their father, Philip, aspired to be a writer, but ended up with a dead end job as a nightwatchman then a long distance lorry driver. Their mother was arrested for soliciting and ran off with some bloke. Harry was very popular, Daniel had two friends, and Sam was a loner.
Six years later, their paths cross in a rather strange and bizarre way. This is a stranger and more bizarre novel.