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The Wardrobe Mistress

by Patrick Mcgrath

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Wardrobe Mistress Synopsis

It is January, 1947. The war has been over for two years. London's in ruins, there's nothing to eat, and it's the coldest winter in living memory. To make matters worse, one of the great stage actors of the day, Charlie Grice, has suddenly died. His wife Joan, the wardrobe mistress, is prostrate with grief. She's persuaded to attend a benefit performance of his last play, and watch an understudy in Charlie's role. She dreads it. But when the actor appears onstage, the grieving widow is startled to see that behind the new man's eyes burns the living spirit of her husband. Later, backstage, she meets this actor, and yes, Charlie's coming through. There's no doubt in her mind. She's giddy with elation. She befriends the young actor. She starts to give him Charlie's clothes. The friendship soon becomes a love affair, Joan all the while seeing within the understudy the living ghost of her husband. Then one night, by chance, as she goes through Charlie's wardrobe, she uncovers his horrifying secret. She's devastated. For the war's not over, after all, and the wardrobe mistress finds herself plunged into a dark new world of violence, intrigue and heartbreak.

The Wardrobe Mistress Press Reviews

'McGrath has the gift, the storyteller's gift, to compel attention, so that you gaze rapt into the fire and listen to the tale unfold.'   Sunday Times

'McGrath is one of the age's most elegantly accomplished divers into the human psyche . . . a master writer.' John Banville

`McGrath is that rare yet essential thing, a writer who can expose our darkest fears without making us run away from them.' New Statesman

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ISBN: 9781786330574
Publication date: 07/09/2017
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Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781786330574
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Author: Patrick Mcgrath
Publisher:
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
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About Patrick Mcgrath

Patrick McGrath is the author of a short story collection, Blood and Water and Other Tales, and six previous novels including Spider, Asylum, Martha Peake and Port Mungo. His most recent book was Ghost Town, a volume of novellas about New York. Spider was made into a film in 2002 by acclaimed director David Cronenberg. Patrick McGrath lives in London and New York.   Photgraph © Marion Ettlinger  

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