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Signs of Life by Anna Raverat

Signs of Life

Anna Raverat

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This edgy, seductive, tense and sinister debut, perfect for reading groups, will have you, like us, engrossed; but can you really trust the memory and recollections of the narrator Rachel? If you enjoyed Notes on a Scandal, Before I Go to Sleep or Sister then this could be right up your street.


Signs of Life by Anna Raverat

Ten years ago, Rachel had an affair. It left her life in pieces. Now, writing at her window, she tries to put those pieces together again. She has her memories, recollections of dreams, and her old yellow notebook. More than anything, she wants to be honest. Rachel knows that her memory is patchy and her notebook incomplete. But there is something else. Something terrible happened to her lover. Her account is hypnotic, delicate, disquieting and bold. But is she telling us the truth?


'A beautifully written psychological study, cleverly told'
Daily Mail

'Compelling ... its haunting tone and sinister implications, about reliability of memory and the fatally destructive impact one action can have, is both chilling and deeply affecting'
Easy Living

'Will have you reading till 3 a.m.'

'Classy and accomplished'

'Compelling, gritty and intelligent'
Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

About the Author

Anna Raverat

Anna Raverat was born in Cambridge and grew up in North Yorkshire with her parents, Lucy Raverat, a painter, and Andrew Rawlinson, an academic and writer, and her three younger siblings. She is descended from Gwendolin Raverat, a celebrated artist and member of the Bloomsbury group. Anna read English at King’s College, Cambridge and now works as a consultant in organisation development and leadership. She lives in London with her three children. Signs of Life is her first novel.

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Publication date

3rd January 2013


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Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan


320 pages


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