Out of Breath
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Out of Breath

3.53 (139 ratings by Goodreads)
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Flynn is a thirteen-year-old girl caught between her violent, out-of-control brother, Sam, and her mother, who is struggling to cope. And then, one impossibly hot night, a strange half-feral boy called Alex turns up at the bottom of Flynn's garden. Alex is one of three runaways; there's also Diana, who has just had a baby, and Mouse, who is only six and already an accomplished arsonist.

With Flynn and Sam in tow, the rag tag group of children venture into the deserted countryside, pursued by a terrifying and unseen man. Deep in the woods, they stumble across an abandoned cottage which seems to offer refuge but soon begins to reveal its dark and terrifying secrets...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 18mm | 215g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099516160
  • 9780099516163
  • 643,932

Review Text

Compulsively readable and richly inventive... bittersweet, authentic and loveable
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A truly original read, transcending many of the usual boundaries found in fiction * Scotland on Sunday * Myerson is a surefooted guide along the wobbly line that separates the real from the surreal ... Myerson captures [adolescence] beautifully in Flynn's compelling voice. The opening of the novel is crisp and immediate, the prose simple and direct ...More than just a coming-of-age story, Out of Breath is a timely reminder about the importance of not growing up too quickly * New Statesman * Compulsively readable and richly inventive... bittersweet, authentic and loveable * Guardian * A mythical rite-of-passage novel... mysterious and multi-layered * Independent * A sweetly corrupt exploration of the childhood fantasy of running away... Myerson is a beautiful conjurer of subtly disturbing atmospheres...haunting -- Jane Shilling * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Julie Myerson

Julie Myerson is the author of Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House and nine novels, including the best-selling Something Might Happen, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize. In the words of the Observer, she 'has a talent for making the unthinkable readable. The results are riveting.'
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Rating details

139 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 17% (24)
4 33% (46)
3 37% (52)
2 10% (14)
1 2% (3)
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