The Outcast (Hardback)
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The Outcast (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 07/02/2008
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1957, and Lewis Aldridge is travelling back to his home in the South of England. He is straight out of jail and nineteen years old. His return will trigger the implosion not just of his family, but of a whole community. A decade earlier, his father's homecoming casts a different shape. The war is over and Gilbert has recently been demobbed. He reverts easily to suburban life - cocktails at six thirty, church on Sundays - but his wife and young son resist the stuffy routine. Lewis and his mother escape to the woods for picnics, just as they did in wartime days. Nobody is surprised that Gilbert's wife counters convention, but they are all shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her. Not far away, Kit Carmichael keeps watch. She has always understood more than most, not least from what she has been dealt by her own father's hand. Lewis' grief and burgeoning rage are all too plain, and Kit makes a private vow to help. But in her attempts to set them both free, she fails to predict the painful and horrifying secrets that must first be forced into the open. As menacing as it is beautiful, "The Outcast" is a devastating portrait of small-town hypocrisy from an astonishing new voice.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780701181758

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“The Outcast”

Simply written novel following Lewis, the Outcast of the title, as he tries to cope with the problems of his youth. Not that much depth to the story but pleasent enough.

Paperback edition
20th July 2008
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“A brave choice of storyline”

This bravely written book takes on a challenging and potentially distressing subject matter. It presents itself as a credible story and I found myself gripped, having to keep reading at every spare moment to see how... More

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12th January 2010
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Quite a disappointing read for me but very interesting and brave topic to pick

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30th April 2015
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