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Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
  

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Longlisted for the Bailey's Womens Prize for Fiction 2015.

The book begins in 2001 when an unnamed woman starts to write to an estranged friend. She reminisces back to 1976 and takes some months writing it with nowhere to send it so it becomes cathartic and helps her to move on. It’s fascinating with beautiful, descriptive poetic writing covering religion, death, relationships, jealousy, betrayal, guilt and friendship – lots for reading groups to get their teeth into.

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Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey

Longlisted for the Bailey's Womens Prize for Fiction 2015.

In the middle of a winter's night, a woman wraps herself in a blanket, picks up a pen and starts writing to an estranged friend. In answer to a question you asked a long time ago, she writes, and so begins a letter that calls up a shared past both women have preferred to forget. Without knowing if her friend, Butterfly, is even alive or dead, she writes night after night - a letter of friendship that turns into something more revealing and recriminating. By turns a belated outlet of rage, an act of self-defence, and an offering of forgiveness, the letter revisits a betrayal that happened a decade and a half before, and dissects what is left of a friendship caught between the forces of hatred and love. The thoughtfulness, intensity and sheer beauty of her writing in her first two novels, The Wilderness and All Is Song, brought Samantha Harvey both huge acclaim and many prize shortlistings. Those readers who loved those novels will fall on Dear Thief with relief and delight.

Reviews

'A glorious, sensuous, grown-up novel, intelligent and passionate.' -- Tessa Hadley


About the Author

Samantha Harvey was born in England in 1975. She has lived in Ireland, New Zealand and Japan writing, travelling and teaching, and in recent years has co-founded an environmental charity alongside her novel writing. She completed with distinction the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA course in 2005, where she was shortlisted for the PFD prize. The Wilderness is her first novel.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Samantha Harvey

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Hardback

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Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780224101721

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