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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX is classic Maggie O’Farrell: a stunning imagining of a life stolen, and reclaimed; from the Costa Award winning, bestselling author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE.

Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done.

Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released.

Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris’s questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family’s history?

(P)2006 Headline Publishing Group Ltd
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 25th September 2006

Price: £15.99

ISBN-13: 9780755337941

Reviews

Actually unputdownable, written with charge and energy and a kind of compelling drive, a clarity and a gripping dramatic insidiousness reminiscent of classic Daphne du Maurier
Ali Smith
O'Farrell's subtlety and delicate touch have never been so finely demonstrated
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
Mesmerisingly good
<i>Daily Mail</i>
O'Farrell's story-telling skills ensure that this novel is compulsively readable, and delivers strong emotional punch
<i>Telegraph</i>