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A Special Relationship

by Douglas Kennedy

Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 5 August 2004
Number of pages: 512

Description:
Sally Goodchild is everything you'd expect of a thirty-seven year old American journalist - independent, strong-willed and ambitious. That is until she meets Tony Hobbs, an English foreign correspondent, on assignment in Cairo. After a passionate but uneasy romance, Sally's life is turned upside down when she unexpectedly finds herself married, pregnant and living in London. Married life in a foreign place is a far bigger adjustment than Sally and Tony could ever have imagined - and as their lives shift from freedom and adventure to responsibility and hard work, everyday problems soon spiral into nightmares. After the birth of their son, Sally finds herself trapped in a downward spiral of post-natal depression over which she has little control, whilst Tony's life returns to relative normality. Filled with resentment and unable to cope with the cards life has dealt her, Sally is shocked when the man she trusted above all others turns against her. As her world begins to fall down around her, Sally quickly realises she must fight before she loses everything. In this authentic and compelling novel, Kennedy explores the misunderstandings that can occur when two people speak the same language but miss all the vital signs.

What the papers say:
"As it gathered pace... I found my heart beating faster. I cannot remember a more compulsive book... I am bowled over by the art of the novelist" Daily Telegraph "Kennedy knows how to keep the pages turning...A pacy, absorbing and intelligent story" Elizabeth Buchan, The Times "Excellent ... The pace is thriller-like, so cancel all engagements for the duration" Good Housekeeping "Writing in the first person as a woman, [Kennedy] pulls off a bold imaginative transformation that I find enthralling and persuasive" Jonathan Raban "His impressive achievement is... his narrator Sally, whose turbulent emotions he conveys with an unusual depth of understanding" Times Literary Supplement

Author's Biography:
Douglas Kennedy's novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship, The Woman in the Fifth and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly praised travel books. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2006 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Born in Manhattan, he has two children and currently divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin and Maine.

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