The World Before Us (Hardback)
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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 26/03/2015
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Jane was fifteen when her life changed for ever. In the woods surrounding a Yorkshire country house, she took her eyes off the little girl she was minding and the girl slipped into the trees - never to be seen again. Now an adult, Jane is obsessed with another disappearance: that of a young woman who walked out of a Victorian lunatic asylum one day in 1877. As she pieces together moments in history, Jane uncovers a tangled story that has been buried for more than a century, and finally confronts her own past . . .

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241146873
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 705 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm


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Publisher's description. Haunting and intricate, a tale of interlinking disappearances across history, where the present meets the past and old ghosts linger in the mind. A lost child, an escaped asylum inmate, a lonely young museum curator, and a centuries-old mystery waiting to be uncovered... * Penguin *
Sensitive, melancholy, sharply observant. A work of great power * Guardian *
Beguiling, richly suggestive . . . a tantalising mystery * Metro *
An original and intelligent novel about the past and its persistent power in the present * Sunday Times *
Strange and absorbing . . . I relished this book * Penelope Lively, The New York Times Book Review *
A complex, subtle, and utterly haunting meditation on memory, history, and mortality. This book is magnificent -- Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
Hunter takes well-worn gothic themes - mysterious disappearances, family secrets, madness, ghostly presences - and makes them into something strange and new. A great achievement. -- Barbara Taylor, author of The Last Asylum
Powerful, thought-provoking, haunting and haunted . . . Reminiscent of A.S. Byatt's Possession, it forces you to look at the world - the people around you, the objects they hold dear - in a different light * Globe and Mail (Canada) *
Daring and mesmerizing. A haunting, irresistible story and an urgent mystery about what it means to pass through this life. Absorbing, luminous and powerfully human -- Alison MacLeod, author of Unexploded
Intricately composed and gripping, ambitious and original * Quill and Quire *
Ambitious, intricate . . . cleverly innovates while tipping a nod to classic Gothic tropes: dynastic rivalries, crumbling country houses, madhouses and vanished girls * National Post (Canada) *
A brilliant work of humanity and imagination, artful and breathtakingly beautiful. It will continue to haunt long after you have finished reading -- Helen Humphreys, author of Nocturne
Haunting . . . a compelling exploration of how memory shapes and is shaped by individuals and society * Kirkus *

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“Beautifully written haunting story”

Jane has a very disturbing experience when she was 15 years old, a girl called Lily who she was minding vanished into woods. Almost two decades later, Jane is searching N. , a woman who went missing from a Victorian... More

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21st March 2015
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