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A group of teenage schoolgirls are on a field trip to the Forest of Dean. Vain, spoilt and interested primarily in sex, alcohol and outfits, the girls squabble and smoke, skive and bitch, torment their teachers and betray their friends, and the reader bears witness to the development and disintegration of relationships. So far, so typical. But this world of teenagers is a hall of mirrors, where the everyday can become monstrous, and nothing is quite what you expect. Soon enough something dark and sinister begins to move underneath the surface.
'Special is a work of brilliance and insight. At times it's like reading an anthropological text on a strange, distant tribe, while at others it feels uncomfortably familiar - but I have to say I've never come across a book that makes me so glad to be grown-up'
'Sinister and menacing'
Patricia Duncker, Books of 2002, New Statesman
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||2nd January 2014|
|Publisher:||Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Bella Bathurst is the author of The Lighthouse Stevensons, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, and of the novel Special. Her journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, the London Sunday Times, and other major periodicals. Born in London, she lives in Scotland. Author photo © Ben GilbertMore About Bella Bathurst