The Observations

The Observations

3.62 (7,085 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.62 (7,085 ratings by Goodreads)

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'Vastly original. Bessy is surely one of the most striking characters in recent fiction: cynical, disruptive, tender and very, very funny.' Independent on Sunday

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize

Scotland, 1863. In an attempt to escape her past, Bessy Buckley takes a job working as a maid in a big country house. But when Arabella, her beautiful mistress, asks her to undertake a series of bizarre tasks, Bessy begins to realise that she hasn't quite landed on her feet. In one of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years, Jane Harris has created a heroine who will make you laugh and cry as she narrates this unforgettable story about secrets and suspicions and the redemptive power of love and friendship.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 125 x 190 x 32mm | 435g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571223362
  • 9780571223367
  • 117,682

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"'Funny and original.' Peter Parker, Sunday Times 'Recounted in gutsy, vibrant prose, this is guaranteed to keep you gripped.' Eve Magazine"
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About Jane Harris

Jane Harris was born in Belfast and brought up in Glasgow. Her short stories have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and she has also written several award-winng short films. In 2000 she received a Writer's Award from the Arts Council of England. She lives in London with her husband Tom.
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Rating details

3.62 out of 5 stars
- 7,085 ratings
5 20% (1,402)
4 37% (2,600)
3 32% (2,236)
2 9% (660)
1 3% (187)
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