Douglas Kennedy’s strength is his uncanny ability to create the most compelling of female characters in his books and here in A Special Relationship, he shows that strength and aptitude to mind blowing affect. The narrator Sally is an American journalist, based in London, who will have you utterly transfixed, take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and the pace of the story is almost thriller-like at times. It’s all there: love, hate, destiny, triumph, and tragedy but above all good writing.
September 2009 Guest Editor Emily Barr on A Special Relationship by DOUGLAS KENNEDY
I picked up A Special Relationship on my way to a writers’ retreat a few years ago and consequently had to be much sterner with myself than I had expected about actually getting on with my own writing. Kennedy is amazingly skilled at drawing the reader in and keeping them turning the pages.
Sally Goodchild, a thirty-seven-year-old American journalist, suddenly finds herself pregnant and married to an English foreign correspondent, Tony Hobbs, whom she met while they were both on assignment in Cairo. From the outset Sally's relationship with both Tony and London is an uneasy one - as she finds her husband and his city to be far more foreign than imagined. But her problems soon turn to nightmares when she discovers that everything can be taken down and used against you.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
'A compelling emotional rollercoaster of a novel' Woman & Home
'A gripping novel of love, destiny and lives falling apart' Mail on Sunday
'An exceptionally powerful study of motherhood as nightmare, and a first-rate courtroom thriller, displaying all Kennedy’s flair for plotting' Sunday Times
'As it gathered pace... I found my heart beating faster. I cannot remember a more compulsive book... I am bowled over by the art of the novelist' Sarah Sands, Daily Telegraph
'Excellent...The pace is thriller-like, so cancel all engagements for the duration.' Good Housekeeping
Publication date: 05/08/2004
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||5th August 2004|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Douglas Kennedy's previous novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time ...More About Douglas Kennedy