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After I Left You by Alison Mercer

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A chance meeting in a supermarket with an old Oxford university boyfriend, Victor, now divorced with a daughter, makes Anna face her past and attend a college reunion. Slowly we learn of a series of dreadful events that occurred over the last few weeks of their final year. The drama is certainly not obvious to the reader which makes this a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

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After I Left You by Alison Mercer

Anna has not been back to Oxford since her last summer at university, seventeen years ago. She tries not to think about her time there, or the tightly knit group of friends she once thought would be hers forever. She has almost forgotten the fierce sting of betrayal, the heartache, the secret she carries around with her, the last night she spent with them all. Then a chance meeting on a rainy day in London brings her past tumbling back into her present, and Anna is faced with remembering the events of that summer and the people she left behind. As Anna realises that the events of their past have shaped the people they've all become, hope begins to blossom for what the future could hold...It is an absorbing, powerful novel of love, friendship and secrets that sweeps you away from the very first page. The perfect read for fans of Lisa Jewell, Ali Harris and Eleanor Moran.


A lovely absorbing read, so evocative of student life. Alison Mercer really captures the passion of falling in love for the first time. Alice Peterson, author of Monday to Friday Man

Beautifully written and full of intelligent, emotional and interesting characters ... will stay with you long after you finish the final captivating chapter - Daily Mail

About the Author

Alison Mercer was born in Reading and studied English at University College, Oxford. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.

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Publication date

31st July 2014


Alison Mercer

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Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


432 pages


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