Harriet Said...: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Harriet Said...: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Published: 06/12/2012
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'Harriet Said is a highly plotted horror tale that turns the "Obstinate Questionings" of puberty into deadly weapons' NEW YORK TIMES

'An extremely original and disconcerting story' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'A sharp, chilling novel . . . The ending has real shock effect' SUNDAY TIMES

A girl returns from boarding school to her sleepy Merseyside hometown and waits to be reunited with her childhood friend, Harriet, chief architect of all their past mischief. She roams listlessly along the shoreline and the woods still pitted with wartime trenches and encounters 'the Tsar' - almost old, unhappily married, both dangerously fascinating and repulsive.

Pretty, malevolent Harriet finally arrives - and over the course of the long holidays draws her friend into a scheme to beguile then humiliate the Tsar, with disastrous, shocking consequences.

A gripping portrayal of adolescent transgression, Beryl Bainbridge's classic first novel remains as subversive today as when it was written.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844088607
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 160 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An extremely original and disconcerting story - Daily Telegraph

A sharp, chilling novel . . . The ending has real shock effect - Sunday Times

Compelling, horrifying, dramatic . . . [a] Molotov cocktail of teenage insecurity and dangerously partial understanding of maturity - Evening Standard

Harriet Said ... is a highly plotted horror tale that turns the "Obstinate Questionings" of puberty into deadly weapons - Gail Godwin, New York Times

A chilling novel of sheer horror - Publishers Weekly

Strange and terrifying - Denver Post

An expertly conceived and consummated horror story . . . The author has made it seem as likely as it is unnatural and insidious - Kirkus Reviews

Chilling, exciting . . . remarkably convincing - Washington PostBook World

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“A disturbing tale”

HARRIET SAID
Beryl Bainbridge

The first novel by a prize winning author was finished in 1958 but rejected by a number of publishers as being too disturbing a tale for the public to stomach. Recent media coverage... More

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