Something Beginning with

Something Beginning with

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Verity Bell has very big eyes, alphabetical leanings and a look that says she'd like to get inside your brain somehow. Or so her best friend Sally tells her, confessing that back at their school, most children thought she was a witch. Sally, a fellow only-child to whom Verity has been glued since girlhood, has become a worry in her twenties because she has actually allowed a married man to set her up in a flat to be his mistress. Verity sees no correlation whatsoever between this retrograde and fairly shocking love-nest and her own transforming passion for a married man called John, who surely yearns to leave his wife and three children to be with her. Doesn't he? Verity lives in a world of her own and we glimpse her grudges (from 'ants' to the 'zeitgesit'), her personal development (from 'amibtion' to 'wobbling') and her idiosyncratic network of obsessions (pick a letter, any letter) in a narrative arranged alphabetically by topics in the most curious and satisfying way. Sarah Salway's tale of Verity is a rarity and a treat - breaking up into fragments and as arbitrary as the alphabet, but coming together in a portrait of high definition and irresistible novelty.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 24mm | 340.2g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747569223
  • 9780747569220

About Sarah Salway

Sarah Salway lives in Kent with her husband and two children and is a prize-winning short-story writer and poet. This is her first novel.show more

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