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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
  

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A 2012 World Book Night selection.

An impassioned, intense, haunting family drama - a stunning imagining of a life stolen, and reclaimed

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Synopsis

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

A 2012 World Book Night selection.

Esme was a woman edited out of her family's history, and when, sixty years later, she is released from care, a young woman, Iris, discovers the great aunt she never knew she had. The mystery that unfolds is the heartbreaking tale of two sisters in colonial India and 1930s Edinburgh - of the loneliness that binds them together and the rivalries that drive them apart, and lead one of them to a shocking betrayal - but above all it is the story of Esme, a fiercely intelligent, unconventional young woman, and of the terrible price she is made to pay for her family's unhappiness ...

Reviews

'Actually unputdownable, written with charge and energy and a kind of compelling drive, a clarity and a gripping dramatic insidiousness reminiscent of classic Daphne du Maurier'
Ali Smith

'O'Farrell's subtlety and delicate touch have never been so finely demonstrated'
Independent on Sunday

'Mesmerisingly good'
Daily Mail

'O'Farrell's story-telling skills ensure that this novel is compulsively readable, and delivers strong emotional punch'
Telegraph

About the Author

Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE. She lives in Edinburgh.

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Publication date

13th January 2007

Author

Maggie O'Farrell

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755308446

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