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The Outcast by Sadie Jones

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An incredibly moving story about a damaged son returning home from prison determined to make a better life for himself. However, some things may be too badly broken to fix. An enticing, emotional and thought provoking novel that will keep you engrossed until the final page.

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2008.

Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment: "The repressive society of ordinary people is elegantly portrayed in an assured novel of great note."

The Outcast has been made into a two-part adaptation by the BBC which will be shown in July 2015. Click below to view the trailer.

If you like Sadie Jones you might also like to read books by Penny Feeny, Louise Douglas and Richard Madeley.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.


The Outcast by Sadie Jones

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.


'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

About the Author

Sadie Jones

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 ('...a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class... a brilliant novel.' Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder. ‘Delightful, eerie novel ... puts one in mind of Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black ...’ The Daily Telegraph.) Her most recent novel, published May 2014, is Fallout, ('Intoxicating and immersive.' The Sunday Times; 'Intense.. unflinching', The New York Times), is now out in paperback. Sadie is married to the architect, Tim Boyd, and they live in West London with their two children.

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2nd July 2015


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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


480 pages


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