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W&N Literary Fiction HB April £12.99 288pp 978 0 297 86505 6 eBook: £12.99 / 978 0 297 86507 0

‘This chilling and accomplished debut is in classic Ruth Rendell territory’ – Independent on Sunday on Alys, Always


Would you be friends with her? The highly anticipated, chillingly brilliant new novel by Harriet Lane, author of Alys, Always. Two different women; two different worlds. Nina is sophisticated, moneyed and damaged. Emma is a struggling young mother who has put her life on hold. After Nina meets Emma by chance, she begins to draw Emma into her privileged world. But this isn’t the first time the women have crossed paths. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did. But what did Emma do? How far will Nina go to punish her? And when will Emma realise that her new friend is a disturbing face from the past? ‘Superbly, even poetically written with an almost feverish hyper-realism, this All About Eve for our times misses no telling detail of the difference between the entitled and unentitled classes... A brilliant idea, brilliantly realised. I loved it, I loved it. I've run out of superlatives’ – Wendy Holden, Daily Mail on Alys Always ‘This novel begins with a bang and offers all sorts of surprises’ – Kate Saunders, The Times on Alys, Always Harriet Lane has worked as an editor and staff writer at Tatler and the Observer. She has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph and Vogue. Her debut, Alys, Always, received ecstatic across-the-board review coverage, was a You Book Club choice, longlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and shortlisted for the Writer’s Guild Fiction Book Award.

W&N Fiction • April 2014


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