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Description - The Shape of Her by Rowan Somerville

Max and Tine arrive on the Greek island of her childhood holidays. Both are in their mid twenties and this is their first serious relationship. Max is relatively inexperienced with women and his previous encounters have been predominantly sexual. With Tine he feels an emotional bond, and he wants to get to know her better, both sexually and emotionally. It ought to be perfect - a secluded house on a stunning cove; rich local food and wine; swimming, sunbathing. And yet the minute they arrive Tine seems tense. As the days progress, she seems increasingly distant and is obsessed that the house is being watched. The present day is interspersed with scenes from Max's childhood. A talented child from a relatively poor family, he received a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school but nothing has prepared the young boy for the loneliness and vulnerability of living away from his family. Max is dyslexic and soon this creates difficulties with his teachers and his classmates. But when things come to a head, Max finds a way of surviving. Back in the present day, the idyllic holiday seems to be turning into a nightmare.
But can Max find a way back to intimacy and overcome the demons of his past?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780297858409
ISBN-10: 0297858408
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x 21mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 24-Jun-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rowan Somerville

Rowan Somerville was born in London in 1966. He has worked in television, film and radio, including making the odd documentary and some unmentionable television programmes. He has spent a lot of time in different countries around the world but now lives in Ireland.

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