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The Picnic

by Lesley Mcdowell

Family Drama

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An exciting debut from this author. A family drama unfolds across three generations and spanning two continents. Moving and sometimes unsettling but a fantastic insight in to the mother-daughter bond, this will keep you gripped from beginning to end.

The Picnic Synopsis

One day in 1973, a woman mysteriously vanishes from a family picnic in Toronto and the multilayered narrative of The Picnic explores the effect this has on her daughter and granddaughter who return home to Scotland without her. Crossing three generations, bridging two continents and spanning over twenty years, The Picnic is an intriguing novel that tackles issues of female identity, exile and belonging and the conflict between sexual desire and family loyalty from an entirely fresh perspective. Lesley McDowell’s lively and rhythmic prose and well-observed characters make this a joy to read. Thoughtful, beautiful, tender and, at times, unsettling, The Picnic hails the arrival of a brilliant new literary talent.
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The Picnic Press Reviews

“ A beautifully written and utterly compelling debut novel” – Emma Tennant

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ISBN: 9781845021290
Publication date: 02/08/2007
Publisher: Black And White Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781845021290
Publication date: 2nd August 2007
Author: Lesley Mcdowell
Publisher: Black And White Publishing
Format: Hardback
Genres: Family Drama,
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About Lesley Mcdowell

Lesley McDowell was an academic in the Department of English at the University of St Andrews from 1995–97. Since then, she has worked as a freelance critic, writing for The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Herald  and The Scotsman.

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