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Margaret Forster is a brilliant novelist who has been writing for fifty years but is still very much at the top of her game. A taut and thrilling narrative that moves through Julia’s life as she finally comes to realise the terrible impact one little thing she did when she was eight years old has had on her life. Creepy, disturbing, gripping and hugely enjoyable

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The Unknown Bridesmaid by Margaret Forster

When Julia was eight, she was asked to be a bridesmaid at her beautiful cousin Iris's wedding. Her mother saw this as a chore - expensive, inconvenient - but Julia was thrilled. When the time came, even the fact that her bridesmaid's dress didn't fit, and was plain cream rather than the pink she'd hoped for, couldn't ruin the day. But after this, things began to go wrong for Julia, starting with an episode involving her cousin's baby, a pram and a secret trip round the block.

A lifetime later, Julia is a child psychologist who every day deals with young girls said to be behaving badly. Some are stealing, some are running away from home, some are terribly untidy, some won't eat or get out of bed. Julia has a special knack with these girls. She understands which really are troubled, and which are at the mercy of the way they are seen by the adults around them.

But one day, Julia's own troubled past starts to creep into her present. And as she struggles to understand her childhood self, she must confront the possibility that the truth may not be as devastating as she feared.


Remarkable.disturbing.fascinating - Independent

Makes such uncomfortable reading that at times you can barely turn the page, but it's so compelling that you have to - Mail on Sunday

Nobody is better than Margaret Forster, with her clear calm prose, at delineating the fault lines of the ordinary, unexceptional and hidden lives - Jennifer Selway Daily Express

Perfectly paced and with superbly drawn characters, this is a compelling story skilfully told - Choice

Margaret Forster is a brilliant and prolific writer... her latest novel is one of her best. It's a gripping read - Observer

About the Author

Margaret Forster

Born in Carlisle, Margaret Forster is the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Is There Anything You Want?, Keeping the World Away, and Over, bestselling memoirs (Hidden Lives and Precious Lives) and biographies. She died in February 2016.

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Publication date

27th February 2014


Margaret Forster

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


368 pages


Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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