My Lover's Lover
From the Costa Award winning Maggie O'Farrell comes the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller MY LOVER'S LOVER, an intense, unnerving and passionate story of betrayal, loss and love, with all the frisson and psychological intensity of Rebecca.When Lily moves into Marcus's flat and plunges headlong into a relationship, she must contend not merely with the disapproval of flatmate Aidan, but with a more intangible, hostile presence. Could it be that Sinead, Marcus's ex, is trying to communicate with her? When Lily begins to 'see' Sinead, first about the flat, and then on the streets of London, she must question not merely her sanity, but whether the man she loves is someone she can, or indeed ought, to live with at all.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 126 x 192 x 26mm | 240.4g
- 06 Jan 2003
- Headline Publishing Group
- HEADLINE REVIEW
- London, United Kingdom
About Maggie O'Farrell
Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.
O'Farrell has honourably equalled the success of her first novel, After You'd Gone, with a story that is certainly as absorbing - and just as beautifully written * Sunday Express * O'Farrell's writing has a crystalline precision of idiom - there isn't one image that fails to ignite recognition * Independent on Sunday * This Rebecca-esque ghost story puts at its heart the gnawing insecurities that any act of intimacy soon invites * The Independent * ...an emotional whirlwind, all passionate yearnings, raw pain and messy truths; powerful in nailing the complications of love without missing it out the power of the emotions involved * The Scotsman * A quietly dramatic dissection of the way past loves can haunt the present * The Daily Telegraph *
'A quietly dramatic dissection of the way past loves can haunt the present' The Daily Telegraph 20030111
Our customer reviews
O'Farrell's prose here is again, straight forward and practically bare boned, yet super-charged with adjectives and adverbs, giving it a very rich, almost poetic feel to it, without getting flowery or snobbish. This allows the reader to feel what's going on, rather than just read about it, making it seem like we are personally by their sides - if not almost under their skins - as the story unfolds. And yet, there's enough left to the reader's imagination to keep you thinking. This is the brilliance of O'Farrell's style in that she never underestimates her reader's intelligence, and would never compromise herself to make it easier on us. You either get it or you don't, but if you do, there will be no end to the number of times you'll be rewarded with realizations of understanding while reading her novels. It's as if she's a mystery writer without the crime and final "round up" of suspects ending in the big reveal of the criminal. I find O'Farrell's work to be luscious and intriguing in both language and story.show moreby Davida Chazan