Case Study (Hardback)
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Case Study (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 07/10/2021
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Beautifully balanced between harrowing and humorous, Case Study follows a woman who seeks out a captivating psychotherapist whom she believes to be responsible for her sister’s suicide.

"I have decided to write down everything that happens, because I feel, I suppose, I may be putting myself in danger."

London, 1965. An unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist, Collins Braithwaite, has driven her sister to suicide. Intent on confirming her suspicions, she assumes a false identity and presents herself to him as a client, recording her experiences in a series of notebooks. But she soon finds herself drawn into a world in which she can no longer be certain of anything. Even her own character.

In Case Study, Graeme Macrae Burnet presents these notebooks interspersed with his own biographical research into Collins Braithwaite. The result is a dazzling - and often wickedly humorous - meditation on the nature of sanity, identity and truth itself, by one of the most inventive novelists writing today.

Publisher: Saraband
ISBN: 9781913393199
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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'Burnet is an extravagant talent.' Mark Lawson, Guardian; 'A crime novel with post-modern flourishes ... The characters of Gorski and Raymond are beautifully observed, and Burnet lets them play out their tragicomic parts with understated humour ... Wry, intelligent and a lot of fun.' - Andrew Taylor, The Spectator

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