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Hardback 352 Pages / 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
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 31 mm

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“The Outcast”

This book has stayed in my mind since finishing it, to the extent I am hesitant in deciding what to read next because I don't think it will be as good! After finishing it I found myself thinking about the... More

Paperback edition
24th February 2009
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“The Outcast”

The Outcast tells the story of Lewis Aldridge, a young boy growing up in post-war middle England, who feels disassociated and remote from the narrow minded conventions of the time. A series of heartbreaking events... More

Hardback edition
1st August 2007
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“The Outcast”

This really is an excellent novel. In 1957 Lewis comes home from prison. What was he in for? Will his life be any different now? Can he survive the seemingly respectable but in fact stiflingly oppressive... More

Hardback edition
18th November 2007
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