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Marianne Kavanagh is a former deputy editor of Marie Claire and has contributed to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites, including the Telegraph, Daily Mail, Guardian, My Daily, Easy Living and Red. Her debut novel, For Once in My Life, was published in 2014. She lives in London.
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A fascinating tale with a big heart that pulls you back and forth from 2015 to 2006. It is told mostly through the voices of rich banker Harry and a free spirited, lovable creature Eva. We are given a turbulent romance until tragedy strikes. Picking up with Eva’s pessimistic, insecure sister we follow a very different story to another dramatic tragedy. Full of incident, misunderstanding, pain and eventually reconciliation, this is a lovely London-based tale with characters you really care for. ~ Sarah Broadhurst October 2015 Book of the Month. A ‘Piece of Passion’ from the publisher…Marianne Kavanagh, who delighted readers everywhere with her debut novel For Once in My Life, has returned to London in Don’t Get Me Wrong, a gorgeous and poignant romantic drama in which two unlikely characters are brought into each other’s orbit and sparks fly.Kim is a fiery, feisty young woman working in housing for local government. Kim has known Harry, her sister Eva’s best friend, for most of her life – not that this improves her opinion of him! For Kim, Harry represents all that is wrong in the world: he’s a banker in the City, to start with, and possesses about as much compassion as his three-piece suit. Kim’s never understood what Eva sees in Harry – and when Eva falls pregnant, and everyone assumes Harry is the father, it all becomes too much for Kim and she vows to banish Harry from her life. But things aren’t always as they seem. In Don’t Get Me Wrong, Marianne Kavanagh offers extraordinary insight into Harry’s world, and offers us a very different picture. And when tragedy throws Harry back into Kim’s life, she has to make some big decisions, as well as re-examine her long-held prejudices, about Harry and everything he represents. The result is hilarious, and deeply moving. ~ Rebecca Starford, Editor, Text Publishing
You don't know what's going on in Sara's house...Or in her head. Sara is lonely. No one talks to her - not even her bad-tempered workaholic husband or her two beloved sons. Her solace is her house, the biggest in the village, hidden away behind high hedges. Then she strikes up a friendship with Katie, a college student living nearby, and a new world opens up. Her neighbours have been dying to get to know her, and they rush to help when Sara is devastated by a terrible accident. But nothing is quite what it seems. And when new betrayals and shocking revelations disturb her peace, Sara realises she has no choice: she must act to protect the safety of those she loves.
You don't know what's going on in Sara's house... Or in her head. Sara is lonely. No one talks to her - not even her bad-tempered workaholic husband or her two beloved sons. Her solace is her house, the biggest in the village, hidden away behind high hedges. Then she strikes up a friendship with Katie, a college student living nearby, and a new world opens up. Her neighbours have been dying to get to know her, and they rush to help when Sara is devastated by a terrible accident. But nothing is quite what it seems. And when new betrayals and shocking revelations disturb her peace, Sara realises she has no choice: she must act to protect the safety of those she loves. *** 'So subtly done, and well achieved, and horrifyingly, hilariously believable - just the blackest of delights.' Jenn Ashworth, author of Fell 'A massively enjoyable book - creepy, funny, surprising and absolutely unputdownable... My only wish is that I hadn't finished it so quickly.' Daisy Waugh 'I raced through it. Dark, tense and very twisty.' Tamsin Grey, author of She's Not There
'So much period atmosphere, you can practically hear the air-raid sirens.' Daily Mail [An] ingenious page-turner' The Lady 'A delight' Guinevere Glasfurd 'I've come about the bodies. I know who they are.' Mary is eighty-six years old, and she's tired of being quiet. She has a story to tell, and she's only going to tell it once, so she won't be rushed. Especially as it's not just a story, it's a confession. Because Mary has a dark secret, buried decades before. And while William, the nice young constable, might think she just wants someone to talk to, everything she says forces him to confront his own difficult past. A unique and poignant novel about passion, regret and heartbreak, set during one of the most tumultuous periods of modern British history.
'I've come about the bodies. I know who they are.' Just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, an elderly woman walks into a police station. She has information, she says, about human remains recently discovered nearby. The bodies could have stayed buried for ever - like the pain and passion that put them there. But Mary Holmes is finally ready to tell the truth. The young constable sent to take her statement is still suffering from the injuries that ended his army career. As he tries to make sense of her tale, William finds himself increasingly distracted. Mary's confession forces his own violent memories to the surface - betrayals and regrets as badly healed as his war wounds. Over six days, as pressure builds for the final push in Europe, two lives reveal their secrets. Should You Ask Me is a captivating story about people at their worst and best: raw, rich, and utterly compelling.