Clever Girl

Clever Girl

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Stella was a clever girl, everyone thought so. Living with her mother and rather unsatisfactory stepfather in suburban respectability she reads voraciously, smokes until her voice is hoarse and dreams of a less ordinary life. When she meets Val, he seems to her to embody everything she longs for - glamour, ideas, excitement and the thrill of the unknown. But these things come at a price and one that Stella despite all her cleverness doesn't realise until it is too more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 26mm | 260g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099570521
  • 9780099570523
  • 151,489

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"As discrete entities, Hadley's short stories are intense, miniature novels in themselves; bound together in a novel, they become quietly brilliant, offering an incisive exploration into how life's individuals episodes add up to a meaningful whole." -- Francesca Angelini Sunday Times "Hadley is a writer of exceptional intelligence and skill and, for all the apparent conventionality of her vision, hers is a subtly subversive talent." -- Edmund Gordon Observer "There is something reassuring yet deliciously unexpected about a Tessa Hadley novel." -- Helen Brown Daily Telegraph "The most astute and sympathetic of writers." -- Susanna Rustin Guardian "This novel is the life story of an ordinary, middle-aged woman - Stella. Only that she is not ordinary because Tessa Hadley is writing her into existence and is behind her like a following wind... Hadley writes as a masterly illustrator might draw." -- Kate Kellaway Observershow more

About Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train, Clever Girl and The Past and two collections of stories, Sunstroke and Married Love. The Past won the Hawthornden Prize for 2016. She lives in London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker and other more

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Tessa Hadley writes like a dream, the prose precise but funny; her psychology always seems spot more