The Girls

The Girls

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A gripping and dark fictionalised account of life inside the Manson family from one of the most exciting young voices in fiction.

If you're lost, they'll find you...

Evie Boyd is fourteen and desperate to be noticed.

It's the summer of 1969 and restless, empty days stretch ahead of her. Until she sees them. The girls. Hair long and uncombed, jewelry catching the sun. And at their centre, Suzanne, black-haired and beautiful.

If not for Suzanne, she might not have gone. But, intoxicated by her and the life she promises, Evie follows the girls back to the decaying ranch where they live.

Was there a warning? A sign of what was coming? Or did Evie know already that there was no way back?

'Taut, beautiful and savage, Cline's novel demands your attention' Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 255g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781784701741
  • 13,728

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An exhilarating read
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A coming-of-age tale like no other ... the book of the summer * Grazia * Stunning...thrilling... A spectacular achievement * The Times * This book will break your heart and blow your mind * Lena Dunham * The read of the summer -- India Knight * Sunday Times * A tense and claustrophobic read * Stylist * Taut, beautiful and savage, Cline's novel demands your attention * Guardian * An exhilarating read * Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing * Darker than anything Gone Girl had to offer * Shortlist * A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story...spellbinding * New York Times Book Review * An intensely atmospheric story that perfectly captures the aching loneliness and longing of a teenage girl. -- Sarra Manning * Red * One of the best novels I've read about female adolescence... And as with so many novels about cults, The Girls is set to inspire a cultish devotion all of its own * Evening Standard * A joy to read... Intense, clever, beautiful * Sunday Times * Brimming with intelligence and ideas... Buy it for the Mansonesque plot but savour it for its insights * Irish Times * I don't know which is more amazing, Emma Cline's understanding of human beings or her mastery of language. -- Mark Haddon
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About Emma Cline

Emma Cline is from California. Her first novel, The Girls, was a Sunday Times bestseller and the highest selling debut novel of 2016. It has been published in over 40 countries worldwide. In 2017 Emma was selected as a Granta Best Young American Novelist.

Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and the Paris Review, where she was awarded the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and have been selected for inclusion in the 2017, 2018 and 2020 Best American Short Story anthologies. Her story 'What Can You Do with a General' was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award 2019.
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186,098 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 16% (28,932)
4 35% (65,935)
3 35% (64,248)
2 12% (21,583)
1 3% (5,400)
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