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The Art of Losing

by Rebecca Connell

Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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January 2010 Debut of the Month.


A startling story of betrayal and grief, of love and infidelity that has a quite unexpected ending.  Told from two points of view, it traces a tale of a lost love, a lost friendship and a lost daughter through to a point where everyone is hiding something from everyone else.  Written in a sharp, hypnotic style, its menace grows fast and keeps you compulsively turning the pages as a complicated story unfolds, a very accomplished debut.

Comparison: Josephine Hart, Jane Fallon, Kim Edwards.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Art of Losing Synopsis

An exceptionally mature and tautly written first novel reminiscent of Josephine Hart's 'Damage'. Haunted by childhood loss, 23-year-old Louise takes on her late mother's name and sets out to find Nicholas, the man she has always held responsible for her mother's death. Now a middle-aged lecturer, husband and father, Nicholas has nevertheless been unable to shake off the events of his past, when he and Louise's mother, Lydia, had a clandestine, destructive and ultimately tragic affair. As Louise infiltrates his life and the lives of his family, she forms close and intimate relationships with both his son and his wife, but her true identity remains unknown to Nicholas himself. Tensions grow and outward appearances begin to crack, as Louise and Nicholas both discover painful truths about their own lives, each other and the woman they both loved.

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ISBN: 9780007300570
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007300570
Publication date: 7th January 2010
Author: Rebecca Connell
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,

About Rebecca Connell

Rebecca Connell lives in South London. She graduated from Oxford University, where she read English, in 2001. After working in television for several years, devising and researching factual entertainment programming, she moved to market research in 2005. She currently works as a researcher and writer of articles and reports dealing with aspects of youth culture and lifestyle. Her first novel, 'The Art of Losing', was published in 2009; 'Told in Silence' is her second.

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