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After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold
  

After Such Kindness

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Inspired by the fascinating yet troubling friendship between Lewis Carroll and his muse Alice Liddell. A diary discovered by a Victorian wife forces her to remember and confront the impact of an unusual friendship she had with an Oxford Don. This is a cleverly written novel, told through the voices and experiences of the four main characters, increasing the tension page by page.

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Synopsis

After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold

This is the magical story behind Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: friendship, childhood and lost innocence. When the writer, Oxford scholar and photographer John Jameson visits the home of his vicar friend, he is entranced by Daisy, his youngest daughter. Jameson charms her with his wit and child-like imagination, teasing her with riddles and inventing humorous stories as they enjoy afternoons alone by the river and in his rooms. The shocking impact of this unusual friendship is only brought to light when, years later, Daisy, unsettled in her marriage, rediscovers her childhood diaries hidden in an old toy chest.

Reviews

'A clever, skilfully woven, teasing and compelling story... entirely plausible and psychologically fascinating... supremely well concocted'
(Guardian)

'A powerful, emotive novel by a skilled storyteller'
(Daily Mail)

'The fascinating exploration of Victorian social mores climaxes in a totally unexpected ending that flips assumption on its head and shocks to the core. Gripping and unsettling'
(Easy Living)

'Charming and beautifully written, but with dark undertones'
(We Love this Book)

About the Author

Gaynor Arnold

Gaynor Arnold was born and brought up in Cardiff and studied English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford before becoming a social worker. She worked in Child Care for many years, most recently for Birmingham’s Adoption and Fostering Service. Her first published novel, Girl in a Blue Dress (a fictionalised account of the marriage of Charles Dickens), was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2008 and the Orange Prize 2009. Her second book, Lying Together, a collection of short stories, was published in 2011. She is married, with two grown up children.

Author photo © Richard Battye

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Book Info

Publication date

25th July 2013

Author

Gaynor Arnold

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Author's Website

gaynorarnold.com/

Publisher

Tindal Street Press an imprint of Profile Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781781251591

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