A Little Death

A Little Death

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London, 1955. The bodies of three elderly recluses are found in a house in Thurloe Street. One of the victims was the prime suspect in the notorious murder of her husband almost 30 years earlier; another victim is her housekeeper, who takes readers back to 1890 and the story behind the deaths.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 18mm | 239g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752824678
  • 9780752824673

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, painting and sculpture, uninhabited buildings, underground structures, cemeteries and time capsules. She lives with her partner and their basset hound in North Essex. Her first novel A LITTLE DEATH was shortlisted for both the CWA Ellis Peters and the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. A THOUSAND LIES was shortlisted for the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger. THE LOVER won the 2004 Prix du Polar Europeen for Best Crime Novel of the Year In Translation and was also shortlisted for the 2004 Gold Dagger and the Ellis Peters Award.show more

Review Text

The death in 1994 of 104-year-old Lady Kelway - the model of Victorian propriety - closed the book on an unexplained sequence of Grand Guignol episodes which haunted her family. In the 1890s her youngest brother was discovered in their country house garden, dead from a headwound. In 1928, her cousin Georgina was accused, but accquitted, of causing her husband's unexpected death. In 1955, Georgina herself, her brother Edmund and their housekeeper were found, all shot dead in a house in respectable South Kensington. So, what actually happened? Told in three distinct voices this gothic novel uncannily evokes the period class-structure, the relationships between parents and children and the great gaps of understanding and communication between them. A skilful and persuasive first novel. (Kirkus UK)show more

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2 18% (26)
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