The Kindness

The Kindness

Author:   Polly Samson
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Edition:   Export/Airside ed
ISBN:  

9781408861882


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   12 March 2015
Format:   Paperback
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'He followed her eyes skyward to a bird that was falling, turning and turning, like a heart that had leapt free. It fell, and as it did it became a falcon. He was transfixed.' Julian's fall begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia. Julia is married and eight years his senior; he is a gifted English student, a life of academia ahead. Ignoring warnings from family and friends they each give up all they have to be together. Their new life in London offers immense happiness, especially after their longed-for daughter Mira is born. When Julian hears that Firdaws, his boyhood home, is for sale he sets out to recreate a lost paradise for his new family. Once again, love blinds him. It is only when Mira becomes terrifyingly ill that it is impossible for Julia to conceal from him the explosive secret that she has been keeping at the heart of their lives. Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Polly Samson's second novel explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. The result is an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told.

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Author:   Polly Samson
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Edition:   Export/Airside ed
Weight:   0.464kg
ISBN:  

9781408861882


ISBN 10:   1408861887
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   12 March 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock at warehouse   Availability explained
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Praise for Perfect Lives: These intertwined, silken stories deftly expose the heart-sickness behind so many of the burnished surfaces of contemporary life John Banville An unexpected combination of romp and classical: thought-provoking, sassy and comforting Ali Smith With her effortless prose and unflinching eye, Samson dips beneath the surface of apparently contented, even blessed lives and the result is compelling, disturbing and moving Maggie O'Farrell Accomplished stories ... Focusing, sometimes comically, sometimes compassionately, on apparently prospering, well-organised, civilised and contented people, Samson traces tremors of disruption threatening the stability of her characters' relationships and themselves Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, 2010's BEST READS


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Polly Samson is the author of two highly acclaimed story collections and a novel, Out of the Picture, which was shortlisted for the Authors' Club First Novel Award. Her most recent linked story collection, Perfect Lives, was a Sunday Times Fiction Choice of the Year and was read on BBC Radio 4. She has been shortlisted for the VS Pritchett Memorial Prize and The Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She recently wrote the introduction to Daphne du Maurier's The Doll: Short Stories. She has written lyrics for three bestselling albums and was a Costa Book Awards judge in 2007. Polly Samson lives in Brighton. @PollySamson

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