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The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine

Winner of the 2010 Costa Novel Award, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE is a gorgeously written story of love and motherhood, a tour de force from one of our best loved novelists.

When the bohemian, sophisticated Innes Kent turns up by chance on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life for herself, with Innes at her side. In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. Elina, a painter, struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with sense of herself as an artist, and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood, memories that don’t tally with his parents’ version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, so an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by fifty years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected.

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 6th January 2011

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9780755383993

Reviews

'Genuinely unputdownable...evidence of her place as one of Britain's most engaging contemporary novelists'
<I> Literary Review </I>
'Like Daphne du Maurier...O'Farrell writes books designed to...bring our most primal fears to the surface'
<I> Daily Mail </I>
'O'Farrell has a remarkable ability to convey the texture of human emotion with precision'
<I> Observer </I>
'O'Farrell is a skilful, impassioned writer...engaging and fluent'
<I> Sunday Telegraph </I>