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 'zeitgeist'), her personal development (from 'ambition' 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 14mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747574162
  • 9780747574163
  • 1,252,405

Review quote

'Both hilarious and heart-warming - and it's transformed into something even more original and captivating by the novel's unlikely obsession with the alphabet' Red Magazine 'Verity Bell is a very odd young woman, and this delightfully original novel catalogues her worries and weird flight of fancy ... Charming and darkly funny' Marie Claire 'An innocent eccentric, Verity is an engaging narrator, and this is a charming, sweet and strange book' Image 'Verity Bell is a Bridget Jones for our times ... Salway's skill lies in artfully crafting the fragments into an intricate portrait of Verity and her life. A real treat' Sainsbury's Magazineshow more

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 more

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141 ratings
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