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Ordinary Human Failings (Hardback)Megan Nolan (author)
Set in 1990s London, this searing novel from the acclaimed author of Acts of Desperation follows a reporter who begins to investigate an Irish family implicated in an atrocious crime.
Shortlisted for the Nero Fiction Award 2023
When we look beyond the headlines, everyone has a story to tell.
It's 1990 in London and Tom Hargreaves has it all: a burgeoning career as a reporter, fierce ambition and a brisk disregard for the 'peasants' - ordinary people, his readers, easy tabloid fodder. His star looks set to rise when he stumbles across a scoop: a dead child on a London estate, grieving parents loved across the neighbourhood, and the finger of suspicion pointing at one reclusive family of Irish immigrants and 'bad apples': the Greens.
At their heart sits Carmel: beautiful, other-worldly, broken, and once destined for a future beyond her circumstances until life - and love - got in her way. Crushed by failure and surrounded by disappointment, there's nowhere for her to go and no chance of escape. Now, with the police closing in on a suspect and the tabloids hunting their monster, she must confront the secrets and silences that have trapped her family for so many generations.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 337 g
Dimensions: 222 x 148 x 22 mm
'A huge literary talent' - Karl Ove Knausgaard
'Given Nolan's previous form, this is set to be electric.' - Sunday Times
'Heartbreaking, society-examining stuff.' - Vogue
'Thrilling... Nolan is the real deal' - The Times
'A fearless writer... Ordinary Human Failings... marks a confident evolution in her writing.' - Bookseller
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