Hello Bunny Alice

Hello Bunny Alice

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In the long hot summer of 1976, seven years after the suicide of her lover, Lenny, Alice is leading a quiet, almost reclusive life in an Oxfordshire farmhouse. Then, out of the blue, Lenny's comic partner, Jack 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...show more

Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 164 x 240 x 31mm | 440g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0753117916
  • 9780753117910

Review Text

The action of Laura Wilson's fourth novel takes place in August 1976. Alice Jones, a former Bunny Girl, is living in the farmhouse left to her by her lover, comedian Lenny Maxted. After his suicide and a failed second marriage she has retreated from society. Alice occupies her time in caring for her animals but the unexpected arrival of Jack Flowers, Lenny's partner, revives painful memories and sets off a series of tragic events. From that point the author almost follows the classical unities in a complete story that begins and ends within 24 hours in one place. The place is the farm and its immediate surroundings, and what occurs there is crammed into little more than one dreadful day. The scenes are cathartic in that they frighten and move the reader and there is even a kind of realism in that everything that happens, however improbable, is explained in terms of passion fuelled by alcohol. But a crime novelist has an advantage over a classical dramatist for the writer can give free rein to her characters' thoughts. Memories of the past haunt Alice's days and nights. When a car containing a skeleton is dragged out of a nearby lake, the past intrudes into the present in a dangerous and ugly way. Laura Wilson's prose is clear, her pace fast-moving, at times even terse. A series of increasingly violent scenes stretch credibility a little but action is always rooted in character and vivid dialogue brings these characters to life. Alice is a triumph. By the end of the novel the reader is familiar with every aspect of her life from the contents of her make-up case to her grandfather's favourite armchair. We are horrified by the risks she takes and long to shout out like a pantomime audience that there is peril right behind her. We care about her. (Kirkus UK)show more

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4 21% (18)
3 34% (30)
2 28% (24)
1 6% (5)
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