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The Big House by Helena McEwen


The Big House by Helena McEwen

Elizabeth can hardly accept that her brother James, her nursery soulmate and partner in crime, committed suicide, so when her sister Kitty dies too, it is more than she can comprehend. As she wanders the large family mansion of her childhood - a haunting place of mystery, wonder and opulence - the memories of an apparently idyllic but secretly threatening past will not let her go. Confronting at last the hidden fears from her early years, Elizabeth begins to make some sort of sense of the confusion of sadness, half-known truths and moments of happiness that embraced her whole family. Brilliant - Sunday Tribune . Starkly beautiful - Observer . Unforgettable - Scotsman . Enriching - Independent . Intensely moving - Sunday Times . Original - Sunday Telegraph . Delicious - Herald . Surprising joyful - Literary Review .

About the Author

Helena McEwen
Helena McEwen grew up in Scotland and lives in London. She trained as a painter at Camberwell and Chelsea art schools and has mounted several exhibitions of her paintings. Her debut novel, The Big House, was first published in 1999. Her second, Ghost Girl, follows a thirteen-year-old girl to a convent boarding school in the English countryside.

Photograph © Mark Pringle

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Publication date

5th March 2001


Helena McEwen

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


192 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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