The Obituary Writer

The Obituary Writer

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Nick Donaghue, a young, handsome obituary writer for THE TIMES, leads a charmed existence until he is caught up in one of Britain's worst ever train crashes. When he survives unscathed, his friends and colleagues consider him the luckiest man alive. Only Nick knows the truth - that he is tormented by horrific nightmares. When they start to appear grimly prescient, his meticulously constructed urban life is derailed.

Escaping to the wilds of Cornwall strikes him as the answer, especially after he becomes captivated by a beautiful woman and a tempestuous horse he sees playing on a beach. But when his nightmares return, they threaten his fragile new world.

As Nick struggles to understand his dreams, his demons and, most dangerously of all, his passions, he realises that falling in love might come at a terrible price.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 27mm | 518g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409127184
  • 9781409127185
  • 1,754,885

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Gripping and spellbinding, this tale is full of pure joy and complete terror. * THE LADY * Drama and romance unfold against the backdrop of the Cornish coast, in a story that twists and turns until the final page * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * [I]t is brilliantly written and the story will grip you. It is one of those books that get under your skin and even when you are not reading it you will be thinking about it. * LOVENBOOKS * This unusual love story is the first adult novel from this children's author and will have you in its thrall from the start. * CANDIS MAGAZINE * What a treat. Children's author St John brings her masterful story-telling to the adult market ... Engaging, original and charming. * SAGA * It's interesting to see how a successful children's writer makes the transition to adult fiction, and St John pulls it off brilliantly * THE TIMES * Lauren St John's prose is warm and light and she keeps the plot trotting along ... St John's breezy evocation of Cornwall's rugged cliffs, sandy shores and gnarly yet good-hearted villagers gives it ample seasonal appeal. Moreover, the ending might surprise you. * DAILY MAIL *
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About Lauren St John

Lauren St John was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe. At 11, she and her family moved to Rainbow's End farm and game reserve, the subject of her acclaimed memoir. After nearly a decade as golf correspondent to The Sunday Times, followed by a sojourn in the US, riding the tour buses of alt. country stars like Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and the Dixie Chicks, she turned to children's fiction with the bestselling White Giraffe series, the award-winning Laura Marlin mysteries and her latest novel, The One Dollar Horse. The Obituary Writer is Lauren's first novel for adults. Find out more at
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160 ratings
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5 21% (33)
4 24% (39)
3 36% (58)
2 11% (18)
1 8% (12)
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