The Darlings (Paperback)
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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 21/06/2021
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When Mark Darling is fifteen years old, he is the golden boy, captain of the school football team, admired by all who know him. Until he kills his best friend in a freak accident. He spends the next decade drifting between the therapy couch and dead-end pursuits. Then along comes Sadie. A mender by nature, she tries her best to fix him, and has enough energy to carry them both through the next few years. One evening, Mark bumps into an old schoolfriend, Ruby. She saw the accident first hand. He is pulled towards her by a force stronger than logic: the universal need to reconcile one's childhood wounds. This is his chance to, once again, feel the enveloping warmth of unconditional love. But can he leave behind the woman who rescued him from the pit of despair, the wife he loves? His unborn child? This is a story about how childhood experience can profoundly impact how we behave as adults. It's a story about betrayal, infidelity and how we often blinker ourselves to see a version of the truth that is more palatable to us.

Publisher: Eye Books
ISBN: 9781785631337
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Eccentric...compelling...subtle... A dark, humorous novel, led by domestic scenes and keen observations, in which a troubled man's crises have clear consequences' - Foreword Reviews, 'This gem of a book perfectly captures the complexity of an affair. Angela Jackson writes with precision, empathy and humour' - Caroline Copeland, Outwith Festival

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“Perfect summer read”

Acutely observed, beautifully rounded characters. I was completely absorbed in the story of Mark, Sadie and Ruby. This second novel from the 2013 winner of the Edinburgh International Book Festival's First... More

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“Fantastic”

A really fantastic novel. Hard to believe these characters aren't real people. So easy to read, great dialogue.

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