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Forgetting Zoe by Ray Robinson
  

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Forgetting Zoë is a moving, epic tale of courage, survival, horror and loss, that explores how a bond of affection and intimacy can develop between captive and captor.

Judging Panel Fiction Uncovered 2011: ‘The dark, unflinching tale of ten-year-old Zoe, abducted and imprisoned after a chance encounter. While Thurman viscerally proves the apple never falls far from the tree, Zoe must find a way to outwit and escape from her perverse captor. A grim story written with extraordinary skill.’

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Forgetting Zoe by Ray Robinson

Zoë Nielsen was just like any other ten-year-old walking to school, not knowing that a chance encounter with Thurman Hayes would lead to her abduction and imprisonment in a converted nuclear bunker, 4,000 miles away, beneath a remote ranch house in Arizona. Enslaved in her underground tomb, deprived of food and light and water, the girl Zoe once was steadily begins to disappear… But over time Thurman grows tired of the rapidly maturing Zoë, and when he decides it is time to get rid of her, Zoë must finally make her bid for freedom.


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I read Forgetting Zoe with great pleasure, admiration, and envy. What a writer. The characters are so sharply drawn they're etched into the page... Captivating. A great storytelling achievement. -- Tim Pears A convincing portrait of how childhood brutality is passed down the generations...Direct in its depiction of abuse, Forgetting Zoe is never less than psychologically acute. * Financial Times * Stockholm syndrome is a curious but understandable condition, intelligently and vividly explored by Ray Robinson...Ray Robinson is a writer with keen observation. His prose is hard, abrupt and sinewy...It is a novel that contains violence but also stillness, that reveals more than it makes explicit...A mature and accomplished work. -- Allan Massie * The Scotsman * Very provocative...Powerfully done. -- Tom Sutcliffe * Saturday Review, Radio 4 * Terribly convincing...The ventriloquism is very skilled. -- Kevin Jackson * Saturday Review, Radio 4 *


About the Author

Ray Robinson was born in North Yorkshire in 1971. After training as a Graphic Designer he spent many years teaching in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

His prize-winning short stories are widely published in literary journals and he is the author of three novels: Electricity, nominated for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, The Man Without, and his latest novel, Forgetting Zoe.

He is a post-graduate of Lancaster University where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Creative Writing in 2006 and is a Literary Mentor and Reader for The Literary Consultancy.

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Publication date

19th May 2011

Author

Ray Robinson

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Author's Website

www.themanwithout.com/

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Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099537632

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