Harm's Way

Harm's Way

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I always think that if you walk around thinking you can have anything you want, you usually can. Anna, at nineteen, has the kind of unquestioning self-confidence that is born of never having been hurt, and never having questioned her attractiveness to men: they have always come easily to her, and she has never shed a tear over any one of their departures. Experiencing her first taste of freedom in Paris, with a job at the Musee D'Orsay and a tiny studio flat in the Marais, she strikes up an unexpectedly close friendship with Beth, a woman twenty years her senior. While Beth enjoys Anna's girlish enthusiasm for everything Paris has to offer - its charming hidden squares and elegant gardens - Anna in return is drawn to Beth's warmth, grace and that intangible air she possesses of someone who has known loss. When Beth meets Christian in the blue light of a nightclub, she is struck by the perfection of his features and his rough banlieue accent, and she is besotted. But Anna finds it difficult to be happy for her friend. She becomes aware of a creeping feeling of bitterness about the new lovers and begins to test the strength of their bond - and her own fledgeling powers of seduction. But who is her real rival: Christian or Beth? Stunningly evocative - both of Paris in the sultry summer and of the naive solipsism of the teenage years - Harm's Way traces Anna's story as she learns one of life's harder lessons: that if you believe you can have anything you want, you may end up with nothing but regret.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747591210
  • 9780747591214

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'Easy as a nice dish of amuse-gueles. A sort of Sentimental Education without the sentiment an intriguing mixture of Parisian cool and English innocence' Frederic Raphael 'Harm's Way has given us the modern-day woman, immensely complex morally and emotionally. It is also utterly engrossing and intriguing' Jung Changshow more

About Celia Walden

Celia Walden was born in Paris in 1976 and now lives in London. She is the Senior Feature Writer for the Daily Telegraph, having spent the previous two years as a features writer and celebrity interviewer on The Mail on Sunday's 'Night and Day' Magazine. Celia has appeared on a number of television programmes, from More 4's The Last Word to Sky News. This is her first novel.show more

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