Hello Bunny Alice
In 1967 Bunny Girl Alice Jones met Lenny Maxted - one half of the brilliant comic duo, Maxted and Flowers - and fell deeply in love with him. But, like so many great comics, Lenny had a dark side. Their love affair ended when Alice found his body hanging from a beam in a Wiltshire cottage. Seven years after his death, in the long hot summer of 1976, Alice is leading a quiet, almost reclusive life in an Oxfordshire farmhouse when, out of the blue, Lenny's partner, Jack Flowers, turns up on her doorstep. Alice has not seen him since Lenny's funeral, but her surprise and pleasure turn into an all too familiar sense of unease when she discovers that he is distressed and drinking heavily. At the same time a car containing human remains is fished out of a Wiltshire lake...
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 160.02 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
- 17 Apr 2003
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About Laura Wilson
Laura Wilson was brought up in London and has degrees in English Literature from Somerville College, Oxford and UCL, London. She has worked briefly and ingloriously as a teacher, and more successfully as an editor of non-fiction books. She has written history books for children and is interested in history, particularly of the recent past. Her first three novels were critically acclaimed, and the first, A LITTLE DEATH, was shortlisted for both the CWA Historical Dagger and the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. She lives in London.
The launch party for Hello Bunny Alice was held at The Seven Stars pub on Carey Street on Tuesday 15 April. The two 'bar maids' needed no encouragement to wear their fabulous racy bunny girl costumes for the evening. The evening was a great success and Crime in Store, who set up a stall in the corner of the pub, sold 40 books. A short story by Laura appeared in YOU magazine which ran on Sunday 13 April, with a good plug for Hello Bunny Alice in the author biography box. Laura has also written a short story for the SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE which will run in mid May. Laura is being interviewed for WRITING MAGAZINE to coincide with publication. Laura and her gorgeous dog Freeway were photographed and interviewed for THE SUNDAY TIMES Style section feature entitled'We're So In Love' which ran on 6 April. HELLO BUNNY ALICE has been reviewedin OK magazine (6th April issue) and THE LITERARY REVIEW (5 April) with morereviews to follow in the national press. 'Laura Wilson's Hello Bunny Alice is both a striking evocation of sixties showbiz life and a tense woman-in-peril thriller... Wilson's strengths have always been in the delineation of her characters and in giving them distinctive voices. Here, she handles her plot deftly, too, seamlessly switching between scenes set in the sixties and scenesset in the increasingly claustrophobic Oxford farmhouse... Hello Bunny Aliceis engrossing and thrilling.' Peter Guttridge THE OBSERVER 'Wilson remains afine fluent writer, following no one, marking out her own patch.' LITERARY REVIEW 'As with her first book A Little Death, we have a small cast of characters and the story is told by gracefully taking the reader backwards and forwards between present and past. The building of suspense is very skilful, and as the story unfolds, so the chilling menace creeps up on you and increases with every new revelation. This is a brilliant piece of writing and highly recommended.' MYSTERY WOMEN April 03 'Wilson writes in the first person, in an intimate and natural style. The menace is powerfully managed and the terror of being trapped with someone by turns deranged and dangerous is vividly recounted. The mysteries mount up: what drove Lenny to suicide and how will Alice survive? A breathtaking read from a distinctive writer.' MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS 'Wilson's prose is clear, her pace fast-moving, while Alice is a triumph.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Laura Wilson's most frightening book to date.' PRIZES magazine. EVENTS Laura will be appearing at a number of bookshops throughout the coming months to promote HELLO BUNNY ALICE, on her own and as part of The Unusual Suspects. She will also be attending the annual BODIES IN THE BOOKSHOP at H