The Hand That First Held Mine: Costa Novel Award Winner 2010
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The Hand That First Held Mine: Costa Novel Award Winner 2010

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Winner of the 2010 Costa Novel Award and a Sunday Times bestseller, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE by Maggie O'Farrell is a gorgeously written story of love and motherhood from the author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE.When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life. In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with her sense of herself as an artist, and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood that don't tally with his parents' version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by fifty years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Tinder Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0755308468
  • 9780755308460
  • 16,443

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Genuinely unputdownable...evidence of her place as one of Britain's most engaging contemporary novelists * Literary Review * O'Farrell is a skilful, impassioned writer...engaging and fluent * Sunday Telegraph * Like Daphne du Maurier...O'Farrell writes books designed to...bring our most primal fears to the surface * Daily Mail * O'Farrell has a remarkable ability to convey the texture of human emotion with precision * Observer *show more

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

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