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Among Ruins by Harriet Vyner

Among Ruins

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Brilliant portrayal of an aristocratic family who lose everything to gambling. A father whose significance and esteem plum to new depths as a result of the gambling and his young daughter whose life is spiraling out of control as a consequence of drugs and infatuation. These turbulent experiences are told with extraordinary honesty, elegance and wit.


Among Ruins by Harriet Vyner

Among Ruins is the story of Laura, born to a wealthy family whose security is shaken when her father gambles away their legendary Northumberland estate one evening on the tables of Mayfair. Years later, Laura is still haunted by memories of her childhood. Now living in London, she embarks on an affair with a much older, well-known artist. But as his infatuation grows, Laura's lessens, and she finds herself increasingly dependent on alcohol and then heroin, with devastating consequences.

Much more than a coming-of-age story, Among Ruins explores Laura's attempt to find significance and esteem as her father gradually loses his own. A compelling and haunting exploration of what happens when a life unravels, Harriet Vyner's debut novel captures an extraordinary personal journey with elegance and wit.

About the Author

Harriet Vyner
Harriet Vyner was brought up in London, Yorkshire and Sussex. She is the author of Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser. She is currently working on her second novel. She lives in London.

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16th February 2006


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