Sussex, 1957. Lewis is nineteen, straight out of jail, and stands alone at a railway station. He's returned to the village where he grew up: the village where, a decade earlier, tragedy tore his family apart, leaving him to a troubled adolescence with a father he barely knew.
Now, the only person who understands him is Kit Carmichael, daughter of a bullying local businessman. Through the pain and isolation of their shared childhood comes love and loyalty - and soon they realise that to forge their own futures, they must first confront the darkest secrets of their past.
Set in early 1970s London, this off-kilter love story features a cast of damaged characters struggling to find their way. Luke arrives in the city knowing only life in a provincial town, his mother in an asylum, his father uncaring and oblivious to his son’s interests and ambition. Nina is an actress, following in the footsteps of her feckless mother, and falling for the dangerous, Svengali-like producer, Tony. Then there’s Paul and Leigh, the couple through whom Luke came to London and who will introduce him to the world of fringe theatre and foster his writing talent. Febrile and atmospheric.
'Devastatingly good Daily Mail A gripping love story with a twist. If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you'll love this' Harper's Bazaar
'A dark but beautifully written, heart-wringing suspense tale' Independent on Sunday
'Compelling and emotionally absorbing, Sadie Jones's use of language is elegant and her characters heartbreaking' -- Jojo Moyes
'Reads like a thriller, the tension and menace build expertly...a powerful novel' Financial Times
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publication date: 16/06/2008
Publication date: 07/02/2008
|Publication date:||2nd July 2015|
|Genres:||Literary Fiction, Books Behind TV & Film,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter who was born and brought up in London. Her first novel, The Outcast ('Riveting', Lionel Shriver; 'Devastatingly good', Daily Mail) was the winner of the Costa First Novel Award. It was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was a Richard and Judy Summer Reads Number One bestseller. Sadie adapted The Outcast for BBC Television in 2014. Her second novel, Small Wars, ('Outstanding', The Times; 'One of the best books about the English at war ever', Joel Morris), was published in 2009, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her third, in 2010, was The Uninvited Guests. 2009 (...More About Sadie Jones