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The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
  

The Hand That First Held Mine

Maggie O'Farrell

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

February 2011 MEGA Book of the Month.

Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2010. Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment: "A powerful story full of dynamic characters, crafted with panache and lyricism."

A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood, this is a tour de force from one of our best loved novelists.

May 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

The fifth book from the award-winning author of After You’d Gone is another delight, weaving
together the stories of two women who have never met but whose destinies are linked by
secrets, deception and love. Maggie’s skill is to draw the reader into her characters’ lives, while

gradually revealing the relationship that binds them. A compelling portrait of motherhood.

July 2010 Guest Editor Louise Candlish on Maggie O'Farrell...

O’Farrell is an author I’ve come to quite late and have therefore read in the wrong order. This is her newest and most stylish; the writing is spun gold. I love the character of Lexie Sinclair: the way she approaches motherhood, the way she runs her career, the way she treats her men. It’s terribly sad, too, and made me cry.

If you like Maggie O'Farrell you might also like to read books by Helen Dunmore, Maria Semple and Hanif Kureishi.

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Synopsis

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell

When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life. In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with sense of herself as an artist, and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood that don't tally with his parents' version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by fifty years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected.

Reviews

The Good Housekeeping view...

The fifth book from the award-winning author of After You’d Gone is another delight, weaving together the stories of two women who have never met but whose destinies are linked by secrets, deception and love. Maggie’s skill is to draw the reader into her characters’ lives, while gradually revealing the relationship that binds them. A compelling portrait of motherhood.

'O'Farrell has a remarkable ability to convey the texture of human emotion with precision'
Observer

'Like Daphne du Maurier...O'Farrell writes books designed to...bring our most primal fears to the surface'
Daily Mail

'O'Farrell is a skilful, impassioned writer...engaging and fluent'
Sunday Telegraph

'Genuinely unputdownable...evidence of her place as one of Britain's most engaging contemporary novelists'
Literary Review

About the Author

Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of five novels: After You'd Gone, My Lover's Lover, The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and The Hand That First Held Mine which won the Costa Novel Award 2010. Born in Northern Ireland, Maggie grew up in Wales and Scotland. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd February 2011

Author

Maggie O'Farrell

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Family Drama
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ISBN

9780755308460