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Lesley Glaister - Author

About the Author

Lesley Glaister is the prize-winning author of twelve novels, most recently, Chosen. Her stories have been anthologised and broadcast on Radio 4. She has written drama for radio and stage. Lesley is a Fellow of the RSL, teaches creative writing at the University of St Andrews and lives in Edinburgh.

Featured books by Lesley Glaister

Chosen

Chosen

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

The last time Dodie sees her mother alive, Stella is unusually busy, tattily splendid in an old red velvet dress. Soon after this, Dodie's brother Seth goes missing: the only trace of him is through postcards signed 'Yours in the Lord' addresses from the Soul Life Centre, New York state. When Stella hangs herself, Dodie must leave her baby Jake at home and cross the Atlantic to bring Seth beck from the mysterious Soul Life Centre. But when she arrives, Seth is always one day away from seeing her. She becomes drawn - not always willingly - into the Brothers and Sisters' communal living, meditation, fasting and chanting. Until baby Jake unexpectedly arrives at Soul Life and events take a shocking turn for Dodie. In a parallel narrative, Stella's sister Melanie tells the story of their teenage years in the 1970s and their shared affair with Bogart, a messianic hippy with shrewd ambition.

Other books by Lesley Glaister

The Squeeze

The Squeeze

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

Set between 1989 and the downfall of Ceausescu, and 2013, The Squeeze travels between Edinburgh, Romania and Oslo and sees this -multi-award-winning and bestselling author at the height of her powers. Marta, a teenager trafficked from Romania in the early 1990s is forced to work as a prostitute in Edinburgh. Mats, a Norwegian businessman, who longs only to be a good husband and father, becomes involved with Marta and both their lives are wrenched - for good or ill - in new directions. Told in a splintered narrative style that allows glimpses into several points of view, The Squeeze explores the transactions that take place between men and women. Sex, money and the desire for love, are at its heart.

The Squeeze

The Squeeze

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2017

Set between 1989 and the downfall of Ceausescu, and 2013, The Squeeze travels between Edinburgh, Romania and Oslo and sees this -multi-award-winning and bestselling author at the height of her powers. Marta, a teenager trafficked from Romania in the early 1990s is forced to work as a prostitute in Edinburgh. Mats, a Norwegian businessman, who longs only to be a good husband and father, becomes involved with Marta and both their lives are wrenched - for good or ill - in new directions. Told in a splintered narrative style that allows glimpses into several points of view, The Squeeze explores the transactions that take place between men and women. Sex, money and the desire for love, are at its heart.

Little Egypt

Little Egypt

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2015

Easy Peasy

Easy Peasy

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2013

Zelda's affair with her lover Foxy is about to end, and she prays for something - anything - to prevent the inevitable heartbreak. Then she is told her father has hanged himself. Forced by his death to re-examine their relationship Zelda recalls a childhood haunted by his night-time screaming fits and troubled by his chilly silences. But what she remembers most is his curious and intense attachment to the little boy next door. And when she discovers her father's diary, the secrets she finds there only raise more questions about her family's past.Show More Show Less 'Penetrates the deepest corners of the female psyche' Mail on Sunday "e;Utterly satisfying . . . beautifully structured and almost painfully tender' Sunday Telegraph

Partial Eclipse

Partial Eclipse

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2013

Jennifer is in prison for an undisclosed crime. Denied companionship, she escapes into her memory and imagination. Peggy Maybee, Jennifer's ancestor, was transported for stealing a peacock. This is all that is known about Peggy but Jennifer conjures a life for her aboard a convict ship bound for Botany Bay.A partial eclipse of the moon used by the captain as inspiration for a sermon triggers a mutiny and, amidst the chaos of brawling thieves, cut-throats, whores and crew, Peggy makes a bid for freedom ...'Brilliant, seductive and assured' Nick Hornby

Limestone and Clay

Limestone and Clay

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2013

Nadia has been here before, at this seeping-away of hope. The other times curl behind her like the petals of a rose, all the memories, all her babies - false alarms, real pregnancies lasting only until her body rejected them. Meanwhile her boyfriend Simon is underground caving. Nadia knows he risks his life, a decadent death among the limestone, his bones withering in the rock. Her work is to create, to mould leather-hard clay into something beautiful. But she has not the heart for it today.'Limestone and Clay shows a maturation and deepening of her considerable talents ... Lesley Glaister has produced a portrait of human relationships both disconcerting and haunting in its unflinching clarity' Sunday Telegraph

Digging to Australia

Digging to Australia

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2013

Jennifer is about to turn thirteen and is suffering more than the usual teenage confusion. She's lonely and her parents are unfashionably strange, so she lives in her imagination, dreaming of acceptance, to be popular and normal. Then Jennifer learns that her supposed parents are really her grandparents, and that her mother deserted her years ago. So when Bronwyn, the new girl at school, and the sinister Johnny crash into her life, adventures with them - no matter how dangerous - seem immediately more attractive. 'Enormously enjoyable' Nick Hornby 'An outstanding novel which confirms Glaister's command of the domestic and the bizarre' Independent on Sunday

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2013

All Nell's life, Olive Owen has lived next door but one. And all her life, Nell has hated her. Even at school Olive had sparkled indecently, turning heads. Nell has a son, her pleasure and her shame, though now she lives alone. Nell is sharp in all the places Olive is round. When Wolfe moves into the house in between them, their quiet street is transformed. A lonely, spirited eight-year-old boy, he knocks on their doors at Halloween and invites them to his bonfire party. As the fireworks flare, he finds himself in the middle of an ancient conflict, grudges bared and burning with a fury he could never have imagined.'A perfect, black little tale' Observer

Honour Thy Father

Honour Thy Father

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2013

In a remote, crumbling house in the Fens live four sisters - Agatha, Milly, and Ellen and Esther - identical twins so closely linked as to be almost one person. They have lived there all their lives, trapped still by the fear of their dead father, who governs his daughters' lives from beyond the grave. And then there is George, another inhabitant, imprisoned in the cellar. Little by little, macabre events come to light: events that transform an idyllic country childhood into a world of eccentric isolation.'Eerie and satisfying - a horror story told with tenderness' Sunday Times 'Frightening yet eerily beautiful . . . Lesley Glaister is adept, original and mature' Hilary Mantel

Nina Todd Has Gone

Nina Todd Has Gone

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2008

Nina Todd is not the sort of person you'd notice - and that's the way she likes it. She lives a quiet life: dull job, dependable boyfriend and no disruptions. When Nina meets Rupert in a hotel, it leads to an empty adulterous encounter that she'd rather forget. But it soon becomes clear that Rupert won't. Is it pure infatuation, or something more sinister? Who is Rupert, and what is the power he holds over her? And who is Nina Todd?

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2002

Since walking out on her life at sixteen, Lamb has lived alone in the gaps between other people's lives. Secretly inhabiting the cellar of an elderly man for whom she cleans, she keeps herself to herself, her life a precarious balancing act - until she meets Doggo, a young criminal on the run. Both strangers to the concept of truth, Doggo and Lamb are drawn together, glimpsing in one another the possibility of finding solace and maybe even love. But with secrets too dark to admit to even themselves, let alone someone else, first they must just learn to trust in each other.

Sheer Blue Bliss

Sheer Blue Bliss

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/1999

Did Patrick Mount, philosopher and visionary, discover the secret of sheer bliss? And why did he disappear? If Connie Benson, his former lover, knows the secret, she's not telling. A reclusive artist, she has kept her final portrait of Mount under wraps for over thirty years. Finally, she has decided to unveil it at a London exhibition. But stepping out of seclusion brings her into the orbit of one of Mount's most terrifying deciples. As events veer out of control, Connie finds herself fighting for her life...

Easy Peasy

Easy Peasy

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/1998

Zelda is terrified that her love affair is about to end, and she prays for something - anything - to prevent the inevitable heartbreak. Then she is told that her father has hanged himself. His death brings back intense memories of her childhood and all that remains unspoken in her family. Zelda hides much from her mother, even the lover she would give anything to keep. With questions she can no longer ignore, Zelda for the first time begins to search for her father's truth and pieces together clues to his suffering. And by confronting her dark and disturbing memories, she opens up to intimacy with her family, with her lover, with herself.

The Private Parts of Women

The Private Parts of Women

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/1996

Inis has run away from her husband and children. Her new neighbour Trixie is eighty-four years old and a hymn-singing Salvation Army veteran. Trixie's life is one of apparent calm but beneath the surface lie not one but three different personalities. One of them is very private. And very dangerous.

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