After You'd Gone
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After You'd Gone

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AFTER YOU'D GONE is the groundbreaking debut novel from the Costa-Award winning Maggie O'Farrell, author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and I AM, I AM, I AM. It is a stunning, best-selling novel of wrenching love and grief.A distraught young woman boards a train at King's Cross to return to her family in Scotland. Six hours later, she catches sight of something so terrible in a mirror at Waverley Station that she gets on the next train back to London.AFTER YOU'D GONE follows Alice's mental journey through her own past, after a traffic accident has left her in a coma. A love story that is also a story of absence, and of how our choices can reverberate through the generations, it slowly draws us closer to a dark secret at a family's heart.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 200g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747268169
  • 9780747268161
  • 14,468

About Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.show more

Review quote

An engrossing study of loss and family ties, delivered with the page-turning pace of a thriller * Independent on Sunday * Maggie O'Farrell keeps the reader guessing right up to the end in this engrossing psychological mystery... the characterisation is excellent and the dialogue immaculate * Sunday Telegraph * A memorable debut * Daily Telegraph * This weepy, now out in paperback, is guaranteed to leave you out of Kleenex... your life stands still as you turn the pages. An amazing study of love and grief as it poses the wrenching question: What do you do with all the love you have for someone when they're gone? * Glamour *show more

Rating details

7,527 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (3,055)
3 21% (1,609)
2 4% (328)
1 1% (108)

Our customer reviews

This is an excellent debut novel, and it is no wonder O'Farrell became instantly popular after its publication. It isn't as good as her last one, since it could have used some paring down to make it just a bit tighter and pointed. But her style is enticingly strong, her characters are vivid and how she weaves the past into the present is practically lyrical. This is also a surprisingly fast read, and you'll find yourself soaking it up like a sponge. So while I'm giving it four out of five stars, I still highly recommend this novel as an excellent introduction to Maggie O'Farrell's work in general.show more
by Davida Chazan
Having just read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another book by Maggie O'Farrell. After You'd Gone is quite a different book but it did not disappoint. Alice Raiikes impulsively takes a train to her home town in Scotland and arranges to meet her sisters at the station. Something she sees there, however, has a devastating effect on her and she immediately returns to London where, brooding over what she has seen, she is hit by a truck. As in Esme, the story is unravelled in layers, a method which keeps you turning the pages while dinner burns. In the end, the revelation of what Alice saw at the station comes as no surprise because of what we have learned about her and her family along the way but the journey to get there is truly memorable. A book about love, grief, families and secrets, all deftly handled. I can't wait to read more Maggie O'Farrell.show more
by Robert Wight
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