Teasing out the extraordinary within the everyday, False Pretences is a contemporary novel in mosaic. Through the separate yet interlinked stories, it traces the lives of two women as they deal with the complexities of love, private terrors, violence and - most precarious of all - hope. There is mystery, wry humour, sometimes tragedy be-neath the jaunty surfaces glimpsed through the years, until, by the end, we have encompassed their lives.
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(192mm x 144mm x 25mm)
Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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UK Kirkus Review »
Purporting to be an unknown god-daughter, a frumpish girl charged with assault during an environmental protest takes refuge with a family pending trial, much to the hidebound husband's displeasure. In the same village, a bad lot is nosing around for possible blackmail after leaving a guileless woman pregnant four years earlier when kicked out by her wealthy parents. The roots of emotion are not the author's forte but her clinical eye for the time we live in and what simmers below the conventions is riveting, and the tragic outcome is relentlessly plotted. (Kirkus UK)
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