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Based on a True Story

by Delphine de Vigan

Based on a True Story Synopsis

'A wonderful literary trompe l'oeil: a book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy ... Dark, smart, strange, compelling' Harriet Lane, bestselling author of Her Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and suffering from a crippling inability to write, Delphine meets L. L. embodies everything Delphine admires; sophisticated and unusually intuitive, she slowly but deliberately carves herself a niche in the writer's life. However, as she makes herself indispensable to Delphine, the intensity of this unexpected friendship manifests itself in increasingly sinister ways. And as their lives become further entwined, L. begins to threaten Delphine's identity and her safety.

Based on a True Story Press Reviews

An incredible true story of obsessive female friendship that grips until the very last mark on the very last page * Denise Mina, bestselling author of The Long Drop * A story that keeps the reader guessing until - and beyond - the very end ... A story of memory and friendship, a cracking page-turner and a journey into what the essence of fiction, and indeed autobiography, might be. Excellent * Nicholas Searle, author of The Good Liar, shortlisted for the 2016 CWA New Blood Dagger * In this captivating story of imprisonment ... Delphine de Vigan intelligently questions the place of the writer in our society of imitation * Le Figaro * This is an addictive read. Clever, compulsive and deft. De Vigan kept me guessing to the point where I even began to question the reality of the pages in my hand. Fantastic * Ann Morgan, author of Beside Myself * A wonderful literary trompe l'ceil: a book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy ... Dark, smart, strange, compelling * Harriet Lane, bestselling author of Her * An excellent novel: malign, Machiavellian, manipulative ... This new book is a struggle to put down * Parisien * A dizzying, psychoanalytical story within a story ... Fascinating * Le Point * Delphine de Vigan teases her readers' desire for truth, and plays with the grey area between reality and fiction ... Highly convincing * Le Monde * Enthralling, not only brilliant in its construction - chilling, worthy of the best thrillers - but also it has a rare finesse in its constant questioning of the act of writing * Page * Delphine de Vigan is a sensation * Observer *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408878842
Publication date: 11th January 2018
Author: Delphine de Vigan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 384 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense, Fiction in translation,

About Delphine de Vigan

Delphine de Vigan is the author of bestselling No and Me, it was awarded the Prix des Libraires in France, in Britain it was a Richard & Judy selection. Her other novels include Nothing Holds Back the Night which won the Prix FNAC and the Grand Prix des lectrices de ELLE, Underground Time was shortlisted for the Goncourt Prize in 2009. D'apres une histoire vraie is a French bestseller and has won both Le Prix Renaudot and Le Prix Goncord des Lyceens 2015. It is currently being adapted for a screenplay by Roman Polanski and Olivier Assayas. She lives in Paris. George Miller ...

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