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- Publisher: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 20mm | 222g
- Publication date: 9 February 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0297865021
- ISBN 13: 9780297865025
- Sales rank: 340,748
Frances is a 30-something desk editor at The Questioner. Her job is unchallenging and her personal life is dull. While others around her move upwards and onwards, Frances wonders what life has in store for her, if anything. Until one night, she witnesses a car crash and the tragic death of the driver, Alys Kyte. Alys's family get in touch with Frances, the last person to talk to Alys, in an attempt to achieve closure. The relationships Frances builds with the grieving family will have an impact on her own life, both professionally and personally. Gradually, Frances begins to wonder whether she at last might become a player in her own right...
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Harriet Lane started her career at Tatler where she ended up as features editor. She subsequently went to the Observer as commissioning editor on the magazine before becoming a staff feature writer contributing to all sections. After having her second child she went freelance in 2005 and since then has written for the Guardian, Vogue, the Observer magazine, both Telegraph magazines, Easy Living, the Times and the Daily Mail (celebrity interviews, columns and arts features). Her journalism has also been syndicated internationally.
Frances never expected to cross the divide between her tame life as a sub-editor and the illustrious world of the literati. Her life changes when she it witness to a fatal car crash and the reader's view of her alters as she inveigles herself into a grieving family's world for her own gain. Mesmerisingly told Sainsbury's magazine
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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. www.harrietlane.co.uk