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The Quick by Lauren Owen
  

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There is a surprising twist about a quarter of the way into The Quick which changes everything about how you’ll think, feel, read and enjoy this book and it would be beyond cruel to reveal it here. So all I can say is that this is darkly gothic Victorian thriller with an element of the otherworld, it is atmospheric and the characters brilliantly written.

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The Quick by Lauren Owen

You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first you must travel to Victorian Yorkshire, and there, on a remote country estate, meet a brother and sister alone in the world and bound by tragedy. In time, you will enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of some of the richest, most powerful men in fin-de-siecle England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide. It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, one of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of The Quick are revealed.


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A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist. -- KATE ATKINSON

A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre ... As soon as you have breathed with relief, much worse horrors begin. It's a skilled, assured performance, and it's hard to believe it is a first novel. -- HILARY MANTEL

A Gothic blockbuster. Independent Debut gothic mystery from a new British talent. -- Kate Figes Mail on Sunday

Richly immersive... The story twists from coming-of-age to night of the undead. -- Stacey Bartlett Bookseller

About the Author

Lauren Owen is twenty-eight years old and grew up in the grounds of an old country house in Yorkshire. Her first attempts at writing as a teenager were Harry Potter fan fictions. She is a graduate of St Hilda's, Oxford, holds an MA in Victorian Literature, is completing a PhD on Gothic writing and fan culture, and is the recipient of the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer on the UEA creative-writing programme. The Quick is her first novel.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Lauren Owen

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Hardback

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780224096386

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