My Best Friend: Complete & Unabridged

My Best Friend: Complete & Unabridged

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1944. At 14 Gerald Haxton is a lonely boy who regards his still-born twin, Jack, as his only friend. His mother guards Jack's memory fiercely, and Gerald, disturbed and unpopular, has no hope of competing. Playing in the woods, he discovers the body of his elder sister. She has been beaten to death and her boyfriend, a young G.I., is hanged for the crime... 1995. As the country prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of VE Day, Gerald is nearing retirement. Obsessed by routine, he still talks to his dead brother. He takes to following Mel, the twelve-year-old daughter of a colleague. A few days later she more

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  • Audio cassette
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0753113686
  • 9780753113684

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Both critics and readers hailed Wilson's A Little Death (GBG review Issue 138) and Dying Voices (GBG review Issue 139) with enthusiasm - and respect. Her style is distinctive: intelligent, observant, sensitive to human weaknesses, and always aware of influential pressures of the past, especially within family groups, on the development of character, which in turn influences events. Gerald Haxton is the son of a famous children's writer. He was a twin, but his brother died at birth and instantly became his mother's 'perfect son'. Gerald, merely by surviving, became ipsp facto a disappointment. His self-esteem, never strong, dwindled. He grew up odd - eccentric - and often regarded with embarrassed suspicion. His discovery of the body of his (adopted) sister, buried in woods, in a shallow grave, doesn't help, nor does his inability to form 'normal' relationships with girls. Desperately lonely, and influenced by his sister's violent death, he becomes concerned about the daughter of a business colleague and begins to follow her, with a view to 'protecting' her. When she in turn disappears he becomes the natural suspect, and in fear and horror, runs away. The story begins leisurely, but progressively tightens its grip, involving the reader increasingly with the graphically drawn characters, each of whom speaks with a highly individual, accurately perceived voice and rhythm, giving the narrative a subtle rainbow-colour. As each in turn expresses his/her view of the situation (mostly misguided), the reader becomes not only aware of the truth, but of how easy it is, innocently and dangerously, to misjudge a situation because of one's relation to it. Not 'just' a crime novel; a very thought-provoking examination of the complications of interacting human affiliations. (Kirkus UK)show more

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