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Gillespie and I

by Jane Harris

Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 5 January 2012
Number of pages: 624
Prizes: Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2011.

Description:
Back in 1888, the young, art-loving Harriet arrives in Glasgow at the time of the International Exhibition. After a chance encounter she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in all of their lives. But when tragedy strikes the promise and certainties of this world all too rapidly disintegrate into mystery and deception...

What the papers say:
'A chilling tale reminiscent of both The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Arthur & George.' -- Financial Times. 'Nothing is as it seems in this book ... it hooks the reader in with great, demented power.' -- Evening Standard. 'Harris plays with the reader's expectations and perspectives brilliantly.' -- Independent. 'Compelling, suspenseful and highly enjoyable.' -- The Times. 'A story that holds you in its grip and makes you skip ahead but circle back again for more of the same - literary crack cocaine.' -- Scotland on Sunday. 'Harris has pulled off that only too rare double whammy - a Booker-worthy novel that I want to read again.' -- Sunday Times. 'A fine storyteller.' -- Guardian. 'Quite aside from the riveting plot, the writing itself is pure pleasure.' --Daily Mail

Author's Biography:
Jane Harris was born in Belfast and brought up in Glasgow. In 2007, she was shortlisted for the British Book Awards Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year and the South Bank Show Times Breakthrough Award. Her debut novel, The Observations, was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She lives in London with her husband Tom.

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