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.
Publication date: 16/02/2006
Publisher: Faber And Faber
|Publication date:||16th February 2006|
|Publisher:||Faber And Faber|
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.Author photograph Â© Sarah LeeMore About Harriet Vyner