Frances is a thirty-something sub-editor, an invisible production, drone on the books pages of the Questioner. Her routine, colourless existence is disrupted one winter evening when she happens upon the aftermath of a car crash and hears the last words of the driver, Alys Kyte.
When Alys's family makes contact in an attempt to find closure, Frances is given a tantalising glimpse of a very different world: one of privilege and possibility. The relationships she builds with the Kytes will have an impact on her own life, both professionally and personally, as Frances dares to wonder whether she might now become a player in her own right...
'A marvellous novel. I absolutely adored it... So subtle, funny, tender and so miraculously observed' Jilly Cooper
'Unsettling, unfussy, and unputdownable' David Baddiel
'A clever and original story' Nina Bawden
Harriet Lane has worked as an editor and staff writer at Tatler and the Observer. She has also written for the Guardian, the Telegraph and Vogue. She lives in north London.