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Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

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Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011.

Featuring a memorable cast of characters, infused with atmosphere and period detail, and shot through with wicked humour, Gillespie and I is a tour de force from one of the emerging names of British fiction.

If you like Jane Harris you might also like to read books by Sheri Holman, Sarah Waters and Jude Morgan.


Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

As she sits in her Bloomsbury home, with her two birds for company, elderly Harriet Baxter sets out to relate the story of her acquaintance, nearly four decades previously, with Ned Gillespie, a talented artist who never achieved the fame she maintains he deserved. Back in 1888, the young, art-loving, Harriet arrives in Glasgow at the time of the International Exhibition. After a chance encounter she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in all of their lives. But when tragedy strikes - leading to a notorious criminal trial - the promise and certainties of this world all too rapidly disorientate into mystery and deception.

About the Author

Jane Harris
Jane Harris was born in Belfast and brought up in Glasgow. Her short stories have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines and she has also written several award-winning short films. In 2000 she received a Writer’s Award from the Arts Council of England. She lives in London with her husband Tom.

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30th November 1999


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